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Guru Purnima 2020: Date, History, Significance Of The Day
Guru Purnima will be observed on 5 July. This year Guru Purnima will take place along with Lunar Eclipse.
Happy Guru Purnima: Date, History, Significance Of The Day
New Delhi: Guru Purnima is an occasion that is marked or celebrated in honor of all the teachers and guru in every field. It is celebrated all over India and especially in Bhutan and Nepal. In Nepal, Guru Purnima is celebrated as teacher's Day on the 5th of September. The festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. The festival is celebrated by Buddhists to honor Lord Buddha. The day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima in honor of a great sage Veda Vyasa, who one of the greatest Guru of India.
This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 5th July. Every year this day is celebrated across the nation, but this your due to coronavirus and lockdown no celebration will be held across the nation. Everyone is requested to stay indoor by government and to maintain social distancing. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Mathura's Guru Purnima Mela which was scheduled to be held from July 1 to 5, was also canceled. Krishna devotees from across the world visit Mathura to circumambulate the 21 km Girraj Parikrama.
In Hindu religion, Guru Purnima is also celebrated as the day of the month of the full moon. This day is observed as Ashadha by Hindus. According to the Hindu calendar, this day is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of July.
This year of Guru Purnima will also be considered with a lunar eclipse. The Lunar eclipse will start at 9:07 pm EDT on July 4 and at 8:37 am IST on July 5. It'll reach its peak at 12:29 am EDT on July 5 (9:59 am IST on July 5. This will be the third lunar eclipse of 2020, it will last for 2 hours and 24 minutes. People in certain regions of the world will be able to witness the penumbral lunar eclipse, also being referred to as a “buck moon".
What is Penumbral Lunar Eclipse ?
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurred when the Earth blocks some of the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon and the outer part of the Earth's shadow, called the ‘penumbra', covers all or some part of the Moon. This type of eclipse is harder to spot as the penumbra is fainter compared to the dark core of the Earth's shadow called ‘umbra'.
According to NASA, there will be a full moon, at 12:44 am EDT on July 5.