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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
Thimphu Drupchen*Friday September 11, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Sunday September 20, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Indra Jatra*Sunday September 20, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bonn Phchum Ben*Monday October 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bonn Phchum Ben*Tuesday October 6, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bonn Phchum Ben*Wednesday October 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Ghatasthapana*Wednesday October 7, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Monday October 19, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)**Tuesday October 20, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Vap Full Moon Poya Day*Tuesday October 20, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)**Wednesday October 21, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven*Tuesday October 27, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Govardhan PujaThursday November 5, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Pemagatshel Tshechu**Thursday November 12, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Il Full Moon Poya Day*Wednesday November 18, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)**Thursday November 19, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 
Unduvap Poya**Friday December 18, 2020Buddhism (Theravada) 

Thimphu Drupchen -
Saturday September 11, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Lasts 5 days - The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. According to legend, Pelden Lhamo appeared before him and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the Drubchhen


Binara Full Moon Poya Day -
Monday September 20, 2021

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.


Indra Jatra -
Monday September 20, 2021

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 -
Tuesday October 5, 2021

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


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Wednesday October 6, 2021

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


Bonn Phchum Ben -
Thursday October 7, 2021

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


Ghatasthapana -
Thursday October 7, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : First day of the Hindu Dashain Festival. Kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolizing the goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room.


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Tuesday October 19, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends) -
Wednesday October 20, 2021

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 -
Wednesday October 20, 2021

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) -
Thursday October 21, 2021

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


Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven -
Wednesday October 27, 2021

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 -
Friday November 5, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Pemagatshel Tshechu -
Friday November 12, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : in Pemagatshel


Il Full Moon Poya Day -
Thursday November 18, 2021

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.


Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only) -
Friday November 19, 2021

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]


Unduvap Poya -
Saturday December 18, 2021

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