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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

Buddhism (Theravada): calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Maha Songkran*Thursday April 12, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Friday April 13, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday*Friday April 13, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Saturday April 14, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Nao Day**Saturday April 14, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Taleung Sok**Sunday April 15, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vishu*Sunday April 15, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Monday April 16, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha*Monday April 30, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Tuesday May 29, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Poson Poya*Tuesday May 29, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Visakha Bucha*Tuesday May 29, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday**Tuesday May 29, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran -
Thursday April 12, 2018

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


Maha Songkran -
Saturday April 13, 2019

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


Optional holiday -
Friday April 13, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Saturday April 14, 2018

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.


Nao Day -
Sunday April 14, 2019

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


Taleung Sok -
Monday April 15, 2019

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


Vishu -
Sunday April 15, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Maha Songkran -
Monday April 16, 2018

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


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Monday April 30, 2018

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.


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

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


Poson Poya -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

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 -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

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 -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

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