Guru purnima is a traditional holiday of Hinduism and Buddhism, it is widely known in India and is considered one of the holiest days. Originally it was celebrated as a day of memory of the sage Vyasa, who edited the Vedas and wrote the 18 Puranas (sacred texts of Hinduism).
The name of the holiday consists of two words. «Guru» refers to «one who leads from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge»: «gu» means darkness, ignorance; «ru»" - light, goodness. «Purnima» is a full moon. The holiday is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Ashad (July-August).
On the day of Guru Purnima gratitude is express to all the teachers and especially to the Spiritual Master, the Guru, who helps a person to know himself, his soul, to reveal the true spiritual knowledge inherent in everyone.