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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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Prithvi Jayanti*Saturday January 11, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Duruthu Poya Day*Tuesday January 28, 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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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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Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven*Friday November 6, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Govardhan PujaSaturday November 14, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Govardhan PujaSunday November 15, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Il Full Moon Poya Day*Sunday November 29, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Unduvap Poya**Tuesday December 29, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Sonam Lochar*Wednesday December 30, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Prithvi Jayanti -
Monday January 11, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magh Sankrati in honor of the contribution of then King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the builder of modern Nepal


Duruthu Poya Day -
Thursday January 28, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka. This visit too took place in the first year of the Buddha's preaching. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM


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


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]


Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven -
Friday November 6, 2020

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.


Govardhan Puja -
Saturday November 14, 2020

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Govardhan Puja -
Sunday November 15, 2020

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Il Full Moon Poya Day -
Sunday November 29, 2020

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.


Unduvap Poya -
Tuesday December 29, 2020

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


Sonam Lochar -
Wednesday December 30, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Tamang New Year - This community has a tradition of associating years with the symbols of 12 different animals (starting with Rat and ending with Boar).