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BUDDHIST FESTIVALS AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Upcoming Buddhist Holidays

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatFeb 24, 2024Feb 24Magha Puja Day
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2024Apr 13Theravada New Year
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2024May 23Vesak - Buddha Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21Asala - Dharma Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2024Aug 13Obon
SundaySunDec 08, 2024Dec 08Bodhi Day
TuesdayTueJan 14, 2025Jan 14Mahayana New Year
WednesdayWedJan 29, 2025Jan 29Chinese New Year
ThursdayThuFeb 13, 2025Feb 13Magha Puja Day
SaturdaySatFeb 15, 2025Feb 15Nirvana Day
SundaySunApr 13, 2025Apr 13Theravada New Year
MondayMonMay 12, 2025May 12Vesak - Buddha Day
ThursdayThuJul 10, 2025Jul 10Asala - Dharma Day
WednesdayWedAug 13, 2025Aug 13Obon
MondayMonDec 08, 2025Dec 08Bodhi Day

Buddhist Calendar and Buddhist Festivals

It is believed that Buddhism is originated in northern India during 6th century BC. It is almost 2500 years old religion. Now more than 3.5 million people follow Buddhism worldwide. Buddhism is recognized as one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama known as Lord Buddha. Word “Buddha” means "the awakened one”. Around 2500 years ago Lord Buddha was born in a royal family of Nepal. He was living a luxury life until he came across an old man, a sick man and a dead body for first time. Disturbed by these miseries of the human lives he became a monk. At the age of 35 Gautam attained enlightenment and became Buddha. He spent rest of his life by teaching the path of enlightenment.

Buddhist people do not believe in a personal God. They believe nothing is fixed or permanent in the world. Buddhism focuses on personal spiritual development through inner truth, wisdom and meditation.

The four Aryan or Noble Truths of Buddhism are:
  - All existence is dukkha or suffering
  - The cause of suffering is craving
  - The cessation of suffering comes with the cessation of craving
  - There is a path that free human being from suffering