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Saturday february 10, 2024Sonam LocharBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday february 10, 2024Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday february 10, 2024Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday february 11, 2024Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday february 11, 2024Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday february 12, 2024Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Friday february 23, 2024Navam Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Thursday february 29, 2024Buddhist New Year - LosarBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday march 3, 2024Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)Buddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday march 24, 2024Medin Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday april 8, 2024Regional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday april 9, 2024Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday april 9, 2024Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday april 12, 2024Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday april 13, 2024Optional holidayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday april 13, 2024VishuBuddhism (Theravada)
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Saturday april 13, 2024Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday april 14, 2024Nao DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday april 14, 2024VishuBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday april 14, 2024Tamil and Sinhala New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday april 15, 2024Taleung SokBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday april 15, 2024Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday april 16, 2024Maha SongkranBuddhism (Theravada)
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Tuesday april 23, 2024Bak Poya/Hanuman JayantiBuddhism (Theravada)
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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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Sonam Lochar

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Saturday february 10, 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).

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Saturday february 10, 2024
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

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Saturday february 10, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Sunday february 11, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Buddhist New Year - Losar

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Sunday february 11, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : The new year is called Losar, and is celebrated according to the highly complicated Bhutanese calendar.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Monday february 12, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) :

Navam Full Moon Poya Day

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Friday february 23, 2024
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

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Thursday february 29, 2024
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.

Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

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Sunday march 3, 2024
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

Medin Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday march 24, 2024
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

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Monday april 8, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Ghodejatra Kathmandu Valley only

Hindu, Lao, Navratra, Songkran, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year

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Tuesday april 9, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Hindu, Navratri, Tamil, Telugu, Ugadi New Year

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Tuesday april 9, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : The Hindu New Year, also known as Ugadi, is on the day following the new moon on or after the spring equinox.

Maha Songkran

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Friday april 12, 2024
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

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Saturday april 13, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Choitro Shonkranti

Vishu

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Saturday april 13, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year

Maha Songkran

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Saturday april 13, 2024
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

Nao Day

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Sunday april 14, 2024
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

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Sunday april 14, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year

Tamil and Sinhala New Year

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Sunday april 14, 2024
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.

Taleung Sok

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Monday april 15, 2024
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

Maha Songkran

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Monday april 15, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.

Maha Songkran

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Tuesday april 16, 2024
Buddhism (Theravada) : leap towards renewal . 3-day festival involving water-splashing, the freeing of fish, fighting kites, dancing, etc.

Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti

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Tuesday april 23, 2024
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.

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) :