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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

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Il Full Moon Poya Day*Thursday November 3, 2016Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)**Thursday November 3, 2016Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven*Thursday November 10, 2016Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Unduvap Poya**Saturday December 3, 2016Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Il Full Moon Poya Day -
Friday November 3, 2017

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) -
Friday November 3, 2017

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 -
Friday November 10, 2017

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.


Unduvap Poya -
Sunday December 3, 2017

Buddhism (Theravada) : Arrival of the Bo-tree sapling. This was brought to Sri Lanka from India by Buddhist Theri Sanghamitta, and it is this very tree that is venerated by Buddhists in Anuradhapura. It is also the oldest documented tree in the world. Sanghamitta Theri established the Bhikkhuni Sasana (the Order of Nuns). paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday