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

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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, 2024Bonn Phchum BenBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday october 3, 2024GhatasthapanaBuddhism (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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Saturday december 14, 2024Unduvap PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday december 27, 2024BarahimizongBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday december 30, 2024Sonam LocharBuddhism (Theravada)
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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
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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

Bonn Phchum Ben

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Thursday october 3, 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.

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.

Unduvap Poya

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Saturday december 14, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Arrival of the Bo-tree sapling. This was brought to Sri Lanka from India by Buddhist Theri Sanghamitta, and it is this very tree that is venerated by Buddhists in Anuradhapura. It is also the oldest documented tree in the world. Sanghamitta Theri established the Bhikkhuni Sasana (the Order of Nuns). paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Barahimizong

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Friday december 27, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Sonam Lochar

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Monday december 30, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Tamang New Year - This community has a tradition of associating years with the symbols of 12 different animals (starting with Rat and ending with Boar).