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

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Wednesday may 22, 2024Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday may 22, 2024Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday may 22, 2024Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday may 23, 2024Nirvana DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday may 23, 2024Buddha PurnimaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday may 23, 2024Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday may 23, 2024Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday june 16, 2024Anniversary of Guru RinpocheBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday june 21, 2024Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday july 20, 2024Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday august 20, 2024Bhasa Manyata DiwasBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday september 9, 2024Thimphu DrupchenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday september 17, 2024Indra JatraBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday september 17, 2024Binara Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday october 1, 2024Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday october 2, 2024Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday october 3, 2024GhatasthapanaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday october 3, 2024Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday october 17, 2024Vap Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday october 17, 2024Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Friday october 18, 2024Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Friday november 1, 2024Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday november 2, 2024Govardhan PujaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday november 15, 2024Il Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday november 22, 2024Buddha's Coming Down from HeavenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Buddha Purnima

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Wednesday may 22, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Wednesday may 22, 2024
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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Wednesday may 22, 2024
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

Nirvana Day

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Thursday may 23, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the death of Buddha. It is believed that Buddha’s death should be celebrated because at his death he had reached Enlightenment and had finally reached the stage of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima

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Thursday may 23, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Optional holiday

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Thursday may 23, 2024
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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Thursday may 23, 2024
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

Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche

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Sunday june 16, 2024
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.

Poson Poya

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Friday june 21, 2024
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.

Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)

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Saturday july 20, 2024
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.

Bhasa Manyata Diwas

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Tuesday august 20, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Thimphu Drupchen

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Monday september 9, 2024
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

Indra Jatra

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Tuesday september 17, 2024
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.

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

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Tuesday september 17, 2024
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.

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Tuesday october 1, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Wednesday october 2, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Ghatasthapana

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Thursday october 3, 2024
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.

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Thursday october 3, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Offerings to monks, prayers at the pagoda

Vap Full Moon Poya Day

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Thursday october 17, 2024
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)

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Thursday october 17, 2024
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

Bouk ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast ends)

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Friday october 18, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Festival of the Golden Stupa (in Vientiane only)

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Friday november 1, 2024
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]

Govardhan Puja

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Saturday november 2, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Il Full Moon Poya Day

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Friday november 15, 2024
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.

Buddha's Coming Down from Heaven

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Friday november 22, 2024
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.