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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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Regional holiday**Friday April 5, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year**Saturday April 6, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran**Friday April 12, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran**Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday*Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Nao Day**Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Taleung Sok**Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vishu*Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Tuesday April 16, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Friday April 19, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday -
Friday April 5, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year -
Saturday April 6, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : May last three days, and marks the beginning of Ramayana's week The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox. Year 2003 is the year 2060 in this Hindu calendar.


Maha Songkran -
Friday April 12, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc. Songkran, as usual, falls on 13, 14 and 15 April with an extra public holiday on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 as the first two Songkran days fall on a weekend. Water throwing can start as early as the 11th (as it does in Chiang Mai) and will usually end on the 15th, with the exception of Pattaya where it drags on and reaches it peak on the 19th. In the south, anywhere from Hua Hin downwards, Songkran is only celebrated for a day, on the 13th


Maha Songkran -
Monday April 13, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc. Songkran, as usual, falls on 13, 14 and 15 April with an extra public holiday on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 as the first two Songkran days fall on a weekend. Water throwing can start as early as the 11th (as it does in Chiang Mai) and will usually end on the 15th, with the exception of Pattaya where it drags on and reaches it peak on the 19th. In the south, anywhere from Hua Hin downwards, Songkran is only celebrated for a day, on the 13th


Optional holiday -
Saturday April 13, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Sunday April 14, 2019

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 -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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 -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

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 -
Monday April 15, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Maha Songkran -
Tuesday April 16, 2019

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


Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Friday April 19, 2019

Buddhism (Theravada) : Hanumanji is said to be Chiranjivi (immortal) and is present in the world even today. He is the link between the devotees and God, for, as instructed by the Lord, he serves, protects and inspires the servants of God. Saints like Tulasidas had the darshan (divine vision) of the Lord through the grace of Hanumanji.