Buddhist Holidays

Image of the Buddhist religious flag.

It is nearly impossible to determine the exact dates of most Buddhist holidays. This is because unlike most religious holidays they are not determined by date, but by moon phase. Therefore, the dates can change dramatically every year – so you need to pay attention to the lunar calendar more than other traditional calendars. Various Asian calendars also factor into the dates of each Buddhist holiday. Also make sure to display your Buddhist flag as a symbol of religious faith during the Buddhist holidays listed alphabetically below.

Abhidhamma Day – Occurs on the full moon of the 7th month of the Burmese lunar year. The Burmese lunar year starts in April.

Asalha Puja Day – Occurs on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month, usually in July.

Avalokitesvara’s Birthday – Celebrated on the full moon day in March.

Bodhi Day – Generally celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th month.

Buddha’s Birthday – Celebrated on April 8.

Elephant Festival – Takes place on the 3rd Saturday in November.

Festival of the Tooth – Occurs once per year during the full moon in August.

Kathina Ceremony – Occurs at the end of the Vassa Retreat. This begins after the full moon of the 11th month in the lunar calendar. It usually occurs during the month of October.

Loy Krathong – Takes place on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month.

Madhu Purnima – The full moon in the month of Bhadro. That month usually occurs during our August or September.

Magha Puja – Generally on the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, this is usually in March.

Ploughing Festival – This holiday occurs during the half moon in May.

Songkran – The traditional days are from April 13th – April 15th

Ulambana – The dates of this holiday range from the 1st to the 15th of the 8th lunar month.

Uposatha – Occurs during a new moon, full moon, and quarter moon of every month.

Vesak – Generally falls on the first full moon day in May, and sometimes during June in a leap year.

While Buddhism is not a religion that is widely followed in the United States, it is adhered to worldwide. A few of the largest Buddhist populations are located in China, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Source: Wikipedia

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