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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

Buddhism (Theravada): calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Maha Songkran*Wednesday April 12, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Thursday April 13, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday*Thursday April 13, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Friday April 14, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Nao Day**Friday April 14, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Taleung Sok**Saturday April 15, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vishu*Saturday April 15, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Sunday April 16, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha*Sunday April 30, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Saturday May 13, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Monday May 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Poson Poya*Monday May 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Visakha Bucha*Monday May 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday**Monday May 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Thursday July 27, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Thimphu Drupchen*Friday September 15, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Sunday September 24, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Sunday October 8, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Monday October 9, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Tuesday October 10, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vijaya Dashami (Dasera)*Thursday October 19, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Monday October 23, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)**Tuesday October 24, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vap Full Moon Poya Day*Tuesday October 24, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Wednesday October 25, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven*Tuesday October 31, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran -
Thursday April 12, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.


Maha Songkran -
Saturday April 13, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.


Optional holiday -
Friday April 13, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Saturday April 14, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Sri Lankans and Tamilnadu people celebrate their national new year's day (Puththandu in Tamil and Aluth Avurudhu in Sinhala). The specific time of the New Year is set by astrologers on the 13th or 14th. The sun moving from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries signals the dawn of the new year.


Nao Day -
Sunday April 14, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : second day [of Songkran]. 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Taleung Sok -
Monday April 15, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : New Year - 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc. Paid holiday when falling on Friday or Saturday


Vishu -
Sunday April 15, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Maha Songkran -
Monday April 16, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Monday April 30, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition.


Regional holiday -
Sunday May 13, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition. In some countries, may only be observed by the Hinduist community. In India, only celebrated in Andaman & Nicobar Island, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh. In Thailand, falls on the same day as Vesak


Poson Poya -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda (son of King Asoka of India) at Mihintale in the third century B.C. Ven Mahinda established the Dispensation of The Buddha (Buddhasasana) in Sri Lanka.


Visakha Bucha -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : This day is a Buddhist public holiday. This day commemorates the birth, the enlightment and the death (entry into the nirvana) of Buddha. Temples through the country are crowded with people listening to sermons about Dharma (Buddha's teaching) and in the evening there is a candlelit procession around the main building of the temple containing the Buddha statues. http://www.thaiworldview.com/feast/feast.htm


Optional holiday -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition. Hinduist community only Not a paid holiday


Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Friday July 27, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : For a period of 3 months, Buddhists priests have to meditate in temples and observe strict rules. Young men are also enrolled in temples on that day, until Auk Phansa -- full moon of October, the official end of the rainy season.


Thimphu Drupchen -
Saturday September 15, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Lasts 5 days - The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. According to legend, Pelden Lhamo appeared before him and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the Drubchhen


Binara Full Moon Poya Day -
Monday September 24, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Even before the birth of Buddhism, Asian ascetics in the ancient times when there were no calendars, made it a practice on full moon days to cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. The Buddha adopted this practice and from this developed the preaching of the Buddhist texts and commentaries (bana) in monasteries and temples on full moon Poya days. And when the Venerable Arahat Mahinda Thero introduced Buddhism to this country in 247 BC he also introduced the Poya tradition.


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Monday October 8, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Tuesday October 9, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Wednesday October 10, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Vijaya Dashami (Dasera) -
Friday October 19, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Tuesday October 23, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Wednesday October 24, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Bouk Khao Pansa marks the end of Buddhist Lent and all those couples who had been putting off marriage now rush into each other's arms. Monks are free to travel from kyaung to kyaung or to go on pilgrimage to holy spots. in Vientiane only


Vap Full Moon Poya Day -
Wednesday October 24, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha) by the Bodhisatta Maitriya and the commissioning of 60 disciples by The Buddha to disperse his teachings. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Thursday October 25, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven -
Wednesday October 31, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebration of his return to earth from heaven. Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and his mother expired after seven days. At the age of 41, he ascended to heaven to preach to his mother. Nuns and monks and king Zug Chen Nyingpo were worried because they did not know where hewas. His disciple, the clairvoyant Sharibu, had a vision of the lord to be in heaven. Another disciple of Lord Buddha, Mao gyel ge bu, who was known to possess miraculous powers, ascended to heaven and requested Buddha to return to earth. He agreed to descend.