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Buddhism (Vajrayana): religious celerations and observances

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






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optional holiday*Wednesday February 13, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year’s EveFriday February 15, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Friday February 15, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Têt (Vietnamese New Year)**Friday February 15, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Saturday February 16, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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optional holiday**Saturday February 16, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Têt (Vietnamese New Year)*Saturday February 16, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Sunday February 17, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Monday February 18, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New YearTuesday February 19, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Wednesday February 20, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Chinese New Year**Thursday February 21, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival)*Friday April 5, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Tomb-Sweeping Day**Friday April 5, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Buddha's Anniversary*Wednesday May 22, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Buddha's Anniversary*Wednesday May 22, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Sunday June 23, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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First Sermon of Lord Buddha*Tuesday July 16, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Esala Perahera**Saturday July 27, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Waso Robe Donation Ceremony*Saturday July 27, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)**Sunday July 28, 2019Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Optional holiday -
Tuesday February 13, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Bhawasma Budhbar - Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year’s Eve -
Thursday February 15, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Employers who require employees to work during the holiday must pay three times the normal wages


Chinese New Year -
Thursday February 15, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday mployers who require employees to work during the holiday must pay twice their normal wages. It is customary to provide employees in Taiwan with a bonus payment around Chinese New Year


Têt (Vietnamese New Year) -
Thursday February 15, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : The most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning of the First Day . Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday [Wikipedia]


Chinese New Year -
Friday February 16, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Optional holiday -
Friday February 16, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Chinese New Year only in Narathiwat, Pattani, Satun, Yala provinces


Têt (Vietnamese New Year) -
Friday February 16, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : The most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning of the First Day . Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar,


Chinese New Year -
Saturday February 17, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Chinese New Year -
Sunday February 18, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : The Chinese calendar combines lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. To match the solar calendar, an extra month is added once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Chinese New Year -
Monday February 19, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) :


Chinese New Year -
Tuesday February 20, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : The Chinese calendar combines lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. To match the solar calendar, an extra month is added once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Chinese New Year -
Wednesday February 21, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : The Chinese calendar combines lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. To match the solar calendar, an extra month is added once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival) -
Thursday April 5, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Traditional celebration since the second century B.C. Considered an unlucky day for business.


Tomb-Sweeping Day -
Thursday April 5, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Traditional celebration since the second century B.C. Considered an unlucky day for business. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Buddha's Anniversary -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in ancient northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists throughout the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country. It is a


Buddha's Anniversary -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in ancient northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists throughout the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country.


Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Saturday June 23, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : 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. http://www.arikah.net/encyclopedia/Guru_Rinpoche


First Sermon of Lord Buddha -
Monday July 16, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Marks the first sermon Buddha gave to his five disciples, introducing the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the Four Noble Truths. It is celebrated with candlelight processions.


Esala Perahera -
Friday July 27, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : On the Esala full moon, the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place. The most important and spectacular festival in SL, it is the climax of 10 days and nights of increasing frenetic activity in Kandy. Thousands of dancers, drummers, and temple chieftains take part in the parade that also features 50 or more magnificently decorated elephants honouring the Sacred Tooth relic of the Golden Temple. Smaller peraheras are held at this time at other locations in the island.


Waso Robe Donation Ceremony -
Friday July 27, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Lasts 2 weeks


Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Saturday July 28, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday