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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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Navam Full Moon Poya Day*Friday February 8, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddhist New Year - Losar*Sunday February 24, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)**Sunday February 24, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddhist New Year - Losar*Monday February 25, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Monday February 25, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Tuesday February 26, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddhist New Year - Losar* February 29, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Medin Full Moon Poya Day*Saturday March 9, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Sunday March 24, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year**Monday March 25, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Sunday April 7, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran**Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday*Saturday April 13, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Nao Day**Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vishu*Sunday April 14, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Maha Songkran*Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Taleung Sok**Monday April 15, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Visakha Bucha*Monday May 6, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Monday May 6, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Tuesday May 7, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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optional holiday**Tuesday May 7, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Buddha PurnimaTuesday May 7, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Navam Full Moon Poya Day -
Saturday February 8, 2020

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 -
Monday February 24, 2020

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


Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Monday February 24, 2020

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 -
Tuesday February 25, 2020

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


Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Tuesday February 25, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) -
Wednesday February 26, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) :


Buddhist New Year - Losar -
Saturday February 29, 2020

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. http://bhaktapuronline.com


Medin Full Moon Poya Day -
Monday March 9, 2020

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 -
Tuesday March 24, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only


Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year -
Wednesday March 25, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : May last three days, and marks the beginning of Ramayana's week The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox. Year 2003 is the year 2060 in this Hindu calendar.


Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Tuesday April 7, 2020

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.


Maha Songkran -
Monday April 13, 2020

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 -
Monday April 13, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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 -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

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


Vishu -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year


Maha Songkran -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

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


Taleung Sok -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

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


Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 6, 2020

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


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Wednesday May 6, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Information: 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Information1: 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 not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Thursday May 7, 2020

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


Optional holiday -
Thursday May 7, 2020

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 -
Thursday May 7, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) :