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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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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)**Saturday February 16, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddhist New Year - LosarSaturday February 16, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Sunday February 17, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Monday February 18, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Medin Full Moon Poya Day*Friday March 1, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Sunday March 17, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year**Monday March 18, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Sunday March 31, 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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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha*Tuesday April 30, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Monday May 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Wednesday May 29, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Poson Poya*Wednesday May 29, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Visakha Bucha*Wednesday May 29, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday**Wednesday May 29, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Saturday July 27, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Friday February 16, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : The festival of the lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar, is celebrated in or around February depending on the Mongolian lunar calendar. It generally coincides with other lunar New Year celebrations, like the Chinese. Often, however, Mongolians deny any Chinese origin or influence. In the 1960s, the communist government tried to transform it into Cattle Breeders` Day and official celebration was stopped. On the day of Tsagaan Sar increased checks on employee presence would occur. Neverthless, like with other traditionsand religious activities, some families remain a surreptious practise, especially in countryside. When the party tries to reaffirm traditional values in the late eighties it again becomes a public holiday. Still the festival has its pre-revolutionary character of reaffirming kin ties. Tsagaan Sar, meaning White Month or Moon, is one the main two big public annual events, next to the Nadaam. It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of spring and the new year´s cycle. Reverted to Tibetan calendar in 2005. in Kalmykia-Khalm Tangch, Buryatia, Tyva http://mongoluls.net/tsagaansar.shtml


Buddhist New Year - Losar -
Friday February 16, 2018

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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Saturday February 17, 2018

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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Sunday February 18, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Medin Full Moon Poya Day -
Thursday March 1, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the visit of The Buddha to his home to preach to his father King Suddhodana and other relatives and show them the path to enlightenment and final deliverance.


Regional holiday -
Saturday March 17, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year -
Sunday March 18, 2018

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.


Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Saturday March 31, 2018

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.


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.