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Buddhism (Theravada): religious celerations and observances

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






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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha**Wednesday June 5, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Poson Poya*Wednesday June 5, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche*Sunday June 30, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins)*Friday July 5, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Regional holiday**Sunday August 4, 2019Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Friday June 5, 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. 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 -
Friday June 5, 2020

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.


Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -
Tuesday June 30, 2020

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) -
Sunday July 5, 2020

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.


Regional holiday -
Tuesday August 4, 2020

Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only