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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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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Tuesday April 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran**Monday April 13, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Event CANCELLEDMonday April 13, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Tuesday April 14, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Nao Day**Tuesday April 14, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vishu*Tuesday April 14, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Event CANCELLEDTuesday April 14, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Wednesday April 15, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Taleung Sok**Wednesday April 15, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Event CANCELLEDWednesday April 15, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Visakha Bucha*Wednesday May 6, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Wednesday May 6, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Thursday May 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday**Thursday May 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddha PurnimaThursday May 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Friday June 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Poson Poya*Friday June 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Tuesday June 30, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Sunday July 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Tuesday April 7, 2020

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 -
Monday April 13, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc. Songkran, as usual, falls on 13, 14 and 15 April with an extra public holiday on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 as the first two Songkran days fall on a weekend. Water throwing can start as early as the 11th (as it does in Chiang Mai) and will usually end on the 15th, with the exception of Pattaya where it drags on and reaches it peak on the 19th. In the south, anywhere from Hua Hin downwards, Songkran is only celebrated for a day, on the 13th


Event CANCELLED -
Monday April 13, 2020

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Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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 -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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


Vishu -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Event CANCELLED -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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Maha Songkran -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.


Taleung Sok -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

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


Event CANCELLED -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

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Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 6, 2020

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


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 6, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Information: 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Information1: 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 not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Thursday May 7, 2020

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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Optional holiday -
Thursday May 7, 2020

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


Buddha Purnima -
Thursday May 7, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Friday June 5, 2020

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 -
Friday June 5, 2020

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.


Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Tuesday June 30, 2020

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.


Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Sunday July 5, 2020

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.