Buddhist Monks sitting under the ancestor of the Bodhi Tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha attained Enlightenement in Bodhgaya India.

Bodhi Day — Awakening Day

Friday, December 8, 2023 Bodhi Day is the precious day we celebrate Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment, primarily in Mahayana Buddhist traditions.  Although it is, perhaps, the most important day of the Buddhist calendar — celebrating the ultimate goal ...

Obon — Ancestor Day

Sunday, August 13 (to 15th), 2023 Obon is typically celebrated between August 13th and 15th, though the dates may vary slightly depending on the region of Japan. Certain regions such as Okinawa may observe Obon on a lunar-based ...

Saga Dawa Tampei Duchen

Friday, May 26, 2023 HAPPY SAGA DAWA DUCHEN! — the day we celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana on the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. Today is a day of the highest merits — may all beings benefit! Every positive ...

Vesak Buddha Day!

Friday, May 5, 2023 Vesak Buddha Day (celebrated on different days depending on calendar and tradition) is the “most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world” — UN Mark May 5, 2023 on your calendar as ...

Theravadan New Year Songkran

Thursday, April 6, 2023 Theravadan New Year (Maha Songkram or Songkran) is celebrated all over South East Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and India — is typically a three-day celebration beginning with a ...

Magha Puja Day

March 6, 2023 Māgha Pūjā (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the second most important Buddhist festival after Vesak, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It ...

Nirvana Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Many Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the Paranirvana of Buddha — not his death, but release from karma and the cycle of suffering. It is a day celebrated around the world with light, festival and important ...

Mahayana New Year

Saturday, January 7, 2023 The most commonly celebrated date for Mahaya New Year is January 7 this year. However, the Mahayana New Year dates differ for each country based on their customs and traditions. While some Mahayana Buddhists ...
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