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


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Sunday January 9, 2022Nyenpa GuzomBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday January 11, 2022Prithvi JayantiBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday January 17, 2022Duruthu Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday February 1, 2022Sonam LocharBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday February 2, 2022Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday February 3, 2022Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Friday February 4, 2022Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday February 16, 2022Navam Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday February 28, 2022Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday March 3, 2022Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday March 4, 2022Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday March 17, 2022Medin Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday April 1, 2022Regional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday April 2, 2022Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday April 2, 2022Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday April 13, 2022Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday April 13, 2022Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday April 14, 2022VishuBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday April 14, 2022Nao DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday April 14, 2022Tamil and Sinhala New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday April 15, 2022Taleung SokBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday April 15, 2022Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday April 16, 2022Bak Poya/Hanuman JayantiBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday May 15, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday May 15, 2022Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday July 13, 2022Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Nyenpa Guzom

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Sunday January 9, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Prithvi Jayanti

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Tuesday January 11, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Magh Sankrati in honor of the contribution of then King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the builder of modern Nepal

Duruthu Poya Day

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Monday January 17, 2022
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

Sonam Lochar

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Tuesday February 1, 2022
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).

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Wednesday February 2, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The festival of the lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar, is celebrated in or around February depending on the Mongolian lunar calendar. It generally coincides with other lunar New Year celebrations, like the Chinese. Often, however, Mongolians deny any Chinese origin or influence. In the 1960s, the communist government tried to transform it into Cattle Breeders` Day and official celebration was stopped. On the day of Tsagaan Sar increased checks on employee presence would occur. Neverthless, like with other traditionsand religious activities, some families remain a surreptious practise, especially in countryside. When the party tries to reaffirm traditional values in the late eighties it again becomes a public holiday. Still the festival has its pre-revolutionary character of reaffirming kin ties. Tsagaan Sar, meaning White Month or Moon, is one the main two big public annual events, next to the Nadaam. It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of spring and the new year´s cycle. Reverted to Tibetan calendar in 2005. in Kalmykia-Khalm Tangch, Buryatia, Tyva http://mongoluls.net/tsagaansar.shtml

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Thursday February 3, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The festival of the lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar, is celebrated in or around February depending on the Mongolian lunar calendar. It generally coincides with other lunar New Year celebrations, like the Chinese. Often, however, Mongolians deny any Chinese origin or influence. In the 1960s, the communist government tried to transform it into Cattle Breeders` Day and official celebration was stopped. On the day of Tsagaan Sar increased checks on employee presence would occur. Neverthless, like with other traditionsand religious activities, some families remain a surreptious practise, especially in countryside. When the party tries to reaffirm traditional values in the late eighties it again becomes a public holiday. Still the festival has its pre-revolutionary character of reaffirming kin ties. Tsagaan Sar, meaning White Month or Moon, is one the main two big public annual events, next to the Nadaam. It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of spring and the new year´s cycle. Reverted to Tibetan calendar in 2005. in Kalmykia-Khalm Tangch, Buryatia, Tyva http://mongoluls.net/tsagaansar.shtml

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Friday February 4, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Navam Full Moon Poya Day

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Wednesday February 16, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the following events in Buddhist history: Entrance into the order of two leading disciples of The Buddha (Sariputta and Maha Moggalana), The Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks. The Buddha announces that within three months His Parinibbana (death) will take place. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Monday February 28, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : On the first day pilgrims go to pay homage to the most sacred statue of Sakya Muni in Jokhang temple and burn incense all around Jokhang as well as at all Tibetan homes.

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Thursday March 3, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Friday March 4, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Medin Full Moon Poya Day

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Thursday March 17, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the visit of The Buddha to his home to preach to his father King Suddhodana and other relatives and show them the path to enlightenment and final deliverance.

Regional holiday

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Friday April 1, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only

Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year

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Saturday April 2, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year

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Saturday April 2, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox.

Maha Songkran

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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

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Wednesday April 13, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti

Vishu

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Thursday April 14, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year

Nao Day

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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

Tamil and Sinhala New Year

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Thursday April 14, 2022
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.

Taleung Sok

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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

Maha Songkran

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Friday April 15, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.

Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti

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Saturday April 16, 2022
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

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Sunday May 15, 2022
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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Visakha Bucha

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Sunday May 15, 2022
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

Buddha Purnima

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Monday May 16, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Optional holiday

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Monday May 16, 2022
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. Not a paid holiday - Hinduist community only

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Monday May 16, 2022
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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Visakha Bucha

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Monday May 16, 2022
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

Poson Poya

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Tuesday June 14, 2022
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.

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Tuesday June 14, 2022
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

Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)

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Wednesday July 13, 2022
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.