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BUDDHIST FESTIVALS AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Upcoming Buddhist Holidays

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJul 24, 2021Jul 24Asala - Dharma Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13Obon
MondayMonJan 10, 2022Jan 10Bodhi Day
TuesdayTueJan 18, 2022Jan 18Mahayana New Year
TuesdayTueFeb 01, 2022Feb 01Chinese New Year
TuesdayTueFeb 15, 2022Feb 15Nirvana Day
WednesdayWedFeb 16, 2022Feb 16Magha Puja Day
SaturdaySatApr 16, 2022Apr 16Theravada New Year
MondayMonMay 16, 2022May 16Vesak - Buddha Day
WednesdayWedJul 13, 2022Jul 13Asala - Dharma Day
SaturdaySatAug 13, 2022Aug 13Obon

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