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Top Buddhists Festivals

Top Buddhists Festivals

1) Buddhist New Year - Buddhist New Year occurs on different days in different countries. in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Lao, Thailand, and Burma new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.
Buddhist New Year
In Mahayana countries celebrate the new year starts on the first full moon day in January and Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate late January or early February according to the lunar calendar, whilst the Tibetans usually celebrate about one month later.

2) Vesak - This festival celebrates the Birthday of Buddha. In one day, the Buddhists celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. The festival is held on the first full moon of May.
Vesak
3) Asalha Puja Day - Asalha Puja means to honor Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (approximately July). It recalls and shows respect to the Buddha’s first teaching.
Asalha Puja Day
4) Uposatha - The four holy days in each month. These holy days are during the new moons, full moons and quarter moons. On these days the Buddhists fast (they don’t eat at all).
Uposatha

5) Magha Puja Day -The festival is held on the full moon day of the third lunar month (March). This holy day is to commemorate an important event in the life of the Buddha, the fourfold assembly.
Magha Puja Da
6) Kathina Ceremony - Is held on any convenient date within one month of the conclusion of the Vassa Retreat, which is the three month rains retreat season (Vassa) for the monastic order. In this ceremony new robes are offered to Buddhists monks.
Kathina Ceremony
7) Abhidhamma Day - This day celebrates the event when the Buddha is said to have gone to the Heaven to teach his mother. It is held on the full moon of April.
Abhidhamma Day
8) Songkran - This Buddhist festival goes on for several days during the middle of April. People clean their houses and wash their clothes and enjoy sprinkling perfumed water on the monks. This festival is like a spring cleaning!
Songkran
9) Loy Krathong - This festival held on the  full moon night of the Twelfth Lunar month. People bring bowls made of leaves, which contain flowers, candles and incense sticks. People float them in water and as they go, all bad luck is suppose to disappear.
 Loy Krathong
10) The Ploughing Festival - This festival held in May, when the moon is half-full, two white oxen pull a gold painted plough, followed by four girls dressed in white who throw rice seeds from baskets. This is to celebrate the Buddha’s first moment of enlightenment, which happened when Buddha was seven years old, when he had gone with his father to watch the ploughing.
The Ploughing Festival

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