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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
Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Wednesday May 26, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Visakha Bucha*Wednesday May 26, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
optional holiday**Wednesday May 26, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Buddha PurnimaWednesday May 26, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Kheer Bhawani Yatra*Friday June 18, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Sunday June 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Regional holiday**Monday June 21, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Poson Poya*Thursday June 24, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Guru Rimpoche's Thungkar Tshechu*Monday July 19, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Saturday July 24, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Pang Lhabsol*Sunday August 22, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Regional holiday**Monday August 23, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 

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.


Pang Lhabsol -
Sunday August 22, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : In this festival dedicated to Mt. Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to Yabdu, the supreme commander of Mount Khangchendzonga. It is staged in front of the Tsuklakhang monastery in the former palace compound in Gangtok


Regional holiday -
Monday August 23, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only