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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






Name Date Kind
Regional holiday**Thursday April 11, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Maha Songkran**Friday April 12, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year**Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Maha Songkran**Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
optional holiday*Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Nao Day**Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Maha Songkran*Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Taleung Sok**Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Vishu*Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Friday April 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Sunday May 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Visakha Bucha*Sunday May 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
optional holiday**Sunday May 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Buddha PurnimaSunday May 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Kheer Bhawani Yatra*Tuesday June 18, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Thursday June 20, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Regional holiday**Friday June 21, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Poson Poya*Monday June 24, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Guru Rimpoche's Thungkar Tshechu*Friday July 19, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Wednesday July 24, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 

Regional holiday -
Sunday April 11, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Maha Songkran -
Monday April 12, 2021

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


Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year -
Tuesday April 13, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : May last three days, and marks the beginning of Ramayana's week The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox. Year 2003 is the year 2060 in this Hindu calendar.


Maha Songkran -
Wednesday April 13, 2022

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


Optional holiday -
Tuesday April 13, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Wednesday April 14, 2021

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 -
Thursday April 14, 2022

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


Maha Songkran -
Thursday April 15, 2021

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


Taleung Sok -
Friday April 15, 2022

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


Vishu -
Thursday April 15, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Monday April 26, 2021

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.


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 26, 2021

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


Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 26, 2021

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


Optional holiday -
Wednesday May 26, 2021

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 -
Wednesday May 26, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Kheer Bhawani Yatra -
Friday June 18, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Kheer Bhawani Mela, also known as Kheer Bhawani Yatra, is the annual festival held at the temple of Mata Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla village in Jammu and Kashmir


Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Sunday June 20, 2021

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.


Regional holiday -
Monday June 21, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Hemis Tsechu in Leh District


Poson Poya -
Thursday June 24, 2021

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.


Guru Rimpoche's Thungkar Tshechu -
Monday July 19, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : It marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava who is popularly known as Guru Rinpoche and revered by the Sikkimese people as the patron saint of Sikkim. He is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who first introduced Buddhism in Tibet during the 8th century.


Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Saturday July 24, 2021

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.