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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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Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival)*Wednesday April 5, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Tomb-Sweeping Day**Wednesday April 5, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Buddha's Anniversary*Monday May 22, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Buddha's Anniversary*Monday May 22, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Friday June 23, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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First Sermon of Lord Buddha*Sunday July 16, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Esala Perahera**Thursday July 27, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Waso Robe Donation Ceremony*Thursday July 27, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)**Friday July 28, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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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