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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

Buddhism (Theravada): calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 3 months






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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Sunday July 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Tuesday August 4, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Tuesday September 1, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Tuesday September 1, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Indra Jatra*Tuesday September 1, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Wednesday September 16, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Thursday September 17, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bonn Phchum Ben*Friday September 18, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vap Full Moon Poya Day*Thursday October 1, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)**Friday October 2, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Saturday October 24, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vap Full Moon Poya Day*Friday October 30, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)**Saturday October 31, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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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.


Regional holiday -
Tuesday August 4, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Binara Full Moon Poya Day -
Tuesday September 1, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Even before the birth of Buddhism, Asian ascetics in the ancient times when there were no calendars, made it a practice on full moon days to cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. The Buddha adopted this practice and from this developed the preaching of the Buddhist texts and commentaries (bana) in monasteries and temples on full moon Poya days. And when the Venerable Arahat Mahinda Thero introduced Buddhism to this country in 247 BC he also introduced the Poya tradition.


Regional holiday -
Tuesday September 1, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Indra Jatra -
Tuesday September 1, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : The celebrations consist of two events, Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. Indra Jatra is marked by masked dances of deities and demons, displays of sacred images and tableaus in honor of the deity Indra, the king of heaven. Kumari Jatra is the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari.


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Wednesday September 16, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Thursday September 17, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Friday September 18, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda


Vap Full Moon Poya Day -
Thursday October 1, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha) by the Bodhisatta Maitriya and the commissioning of 60 disciples by The Buddha to disperse his teachings. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Friday October 2, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Bouk Khao Pansa marks the end of Buddhist Lent and all those couples who had been putting off marriage now rush into each other's arms. Monks are free to travel from kyaung to kyaung or to go on pilgrimage to holy spots. in Vientiane only


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Saturday October 24, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Vap Full Moon Poya Day -
Friday October 30, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha) by the Bodhisatta Maitriya and the commissioning of 60 disciples by The Buddha to disperse his teachings. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM


Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only) -
Saturday October 31, 2020

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]