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Sunday February 5, 2023Navam Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday February 20, 2023Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday February 21, 2023Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday February 21, 2023Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday February 22, 2023Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday February 22, 2023Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday February 23, 2023Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday February 28, 2023Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday March 3, 2023Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Monday March 6, 2023Medin Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday March 21, 2023Regional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday March 22, 2023Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday March 22, 2023Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday April 5, 2023Bak Poya/Hanuman JayantiBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday April 13, 2023Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday April 13, 2023Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday April 14, 2023Nao DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday April 14, 2023Tamil and Sinhala New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday April 15, 2023VishuBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday April 15, 2023Taleung SokBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday April 17, 2023Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday May 4, 2023Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday May 4, 2023Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday May 4, 2023Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday May 5, 2023Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday May 5, 2023Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday May 5, 2023Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday June 2, 2023Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday June 3, 2023Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday June 3, 2023Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday June 5, 2023Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday June 28, 2023Anniversary of Guru RinpocheBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday August 1, 2023Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Navam Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday February 5, 2023
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

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Monday February 20, 2023
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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Tuesday February 21, 2023
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

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Tuesday February 21, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Wednesday February 22, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Wednesday February 22, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Thursday February 23, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Tuesday February 28, 2023
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.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Friday March 3, 2023
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

Medin Full Moon Poya Day

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Monday March 6, 2023
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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Tuesday March 21, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only

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

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Wednesday March 22, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year

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Wednesday March 22, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox.

Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti

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Wednesday April 5, 2023
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.

Optional holiday

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Thursday April 13, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti

Maha Songkran

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Thursday April 13, 2023
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

Nao Day

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Friday April 14, 2023
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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Friday April 14, 2023
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.

Vishu

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Saturday April 15, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year

Taleung Sok

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Saturday April 15, 2023
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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Monday April 17, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.

Buddha Purnima

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Thursday May 4, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Thursday May 4, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Visakha Bucha

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Thursday May 4, 2023
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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Friday May 5, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Optional holiday

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Friday May 5, 2023
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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Friday May 5, 2023
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

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Friday June 2, 2023
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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Saturday June 3, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Poson Poya

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Saturday June 3, 2023
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.

Visakha Bucha

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Monday June 5, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche

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Wednesday June 28, 2023
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.

Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)

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Tuesday August 1, 2023
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.