Buddhist Holidays

The Buddhist traditions celebrates multiple holidays and festivals—all working on the lunar calendar. Some festivals commemorate the Buddha’s teachings, while others tie into local or national customs. But all offer an opportunity for Buddhists to reflect on the themes and practices of their faith.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

May 19

VesakReligiousWorld

Jul. 16

Asalha PujaReligiousWorld

Sep. 27

Pchum BenReligiousWorld

Where did Buddhist holidays come from?

Many Buddhist holidays mark developments in Buddha's development. For instance, Bodhi Day (Dec. 8), commemorates the day Siddartha Guatama achieved enlightenment. Madhu Purnima (Sept. 6) marks when Buddha retreated to the Parileyya forest, in an attempt to placate his warring followers. Buddhist holidays are celebrated across Thailand, Myanmar, China, Japan, India, and more.

How to submit a Buddhist holiday

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