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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

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






Name Date Kind
Kheer Bhawani Yatra*Friday June 18, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Sunday June 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Regional holiday**Monday June 21, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Poson Poya*Thursday June 24, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Guru Rimpoche's Thungkar Tshechu*Monday July 19, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Saturday July 24, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Pang Lhabsol*Sunday August 22, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Regional holiday**Monday August 23, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Thimphu Drupchen*Saturday September 11, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Monday September 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Indra Jatra*Monday September 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 

Kheer Bhawani Yatra -
Friday June 18, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Kheer Bhawani Mela, also known as Kheer Bhawani Yatra, is the annual festival held at the temple of Mata Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla village in Jammu and Kashmir


Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Sunday June 20, 2021

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.


Regional holiday -
Monday June 21, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Hemis Tsechu in Leh District


Poson Poya -
Thursday June 24, 2021

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.


Guru Rimpoche's Thungkar Tshechu -
Monday July 19, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : It marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava who is popularly known as Guru Rinpoche and revered by the Sikkimese people as the patron saint of Sikkim. He is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who first introduced Buddhism in Tibet during the 8th century.


Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Saturday July 24, 2021

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.


Pang Lhabsol -
Sunday August 22, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : In this festival dedicated to Mt. Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to Yabdu, the supreme commander of Mount Khangchendzonga. It is staged in front of the Tsuklakhang monastery in the former palace compound in Gangtok


Regional holiday -
Monday August 23, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Thimphu Drupchen -
Saturday September 11, 2021

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 20, 2021

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.


Indra Jatra -
Monday September 20, 2021

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.