Saga Dawa celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (when a Buddha passes away and leaves his or her earthly body). On this day Buddhists around the world engage in many prayers and practices, as well as making extensive offerings to teachers. The holiday is also a very auspicious time to conduct virtuous activities. The karmic results of everything we do this day, are multiplied extensively. This holiday also marks the beginning of the month of Saga Dawa (June 17-July 14), a great time to create extra merit.