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Buddhism (Theravada): calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 3 months


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Sunday May 15, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday May 15, 2022Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday July 13, 2022Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday August 7, 2022Anniversary of Guru RinpocheBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday September 9, 2022Indra JatraBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday September 10, 2022Binara Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday September 24, 2022Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday September 25, 2022Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday September 26, 2022GhatasthapanaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday September 26, 2022Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday September 30, 2022Thimphu DrupchenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday October 1, 2022Thimphu DrupchenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday October 9, 2022Vap Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday October 10, 2022Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday October 26, 2022Govardhan PujaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday November 7, 2022Il Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday November 8, 2022Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday November 15, 2022Buddha's Coming Down from HeavenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Sunday May 15, 2022
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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Visakha Bucha

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Sunday May 15, 2022
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

Buddha Purnima

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Monday May 16, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Optional holiday

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Monday May 16, 2022
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. Not a paid holiday - Hinduist community only

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Monday May 16, 2022
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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Visakha Bucha

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Monday May 16, 2022
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

Poson Poya

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Tuesday June 14, 2022
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.

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Tuesday June 14, 2022
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

Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)

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Wednesday July 13, 2022
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.

Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche

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Sunday August 7, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Padmasambhava (in Sanskrit meaning lotus-born ) founded the Tibetan or Tantric school of Buddhism in the 8th century. In Bhutan and Tibet he is better known as Guru Rinpoche ( Precious Master ) where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

Indra Jatra

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Friday September 9, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The celebrations consist of two events, Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. Indra Jatra is marked by masked dances of deities and demons, displays of sacred images and tableaus in honor of the deity Indra, the king of heaven. Kumari Jatra is the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari.

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

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Saturday September 10, 2022
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

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Saturday September 24, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Sunday September 25, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Ghatasthapana

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Monday September 26, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : First day of the Hindu Dashain Festival. Kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolizing the goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room.

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Monday September 26, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Thimphu Drupchen

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Friday September 30, 2022
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

Thimphu Drupchen

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Saturday October 1, 2022
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

Vap Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday October 9, 2022
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)

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Monday October 10, 2022
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

Govardhan Puja

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Wednesday October 26, 2022
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Il Full Moon Poya Day

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Monday November 7, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Marks the end of the Rainy Retreat period (Vassana-Samaya). The Bhikkus stay indoors in the temples and observe the Bhavana meditation and other religious activities. This is the end and climax of the rainy season.

Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)

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Tuesday November 8, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : That Luang is the national symbol and most important religious monument of Laos. Vientiane's most important Theravada Buddhist festival, Boun That Luang , is held here for three days during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday [Wikipedia]

Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven

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Tuesday November 15, 2022
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.