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BUDDHIST FESTIVALS AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Upcoming Buddhist Holidays

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 07, 2023Jan 07Mahayana New Year
SundaySunJan 22, 2023Jan 22Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15Nirvana Day
MondayMonMar 06, 2023Mar 06Magha Puja Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06Theravada New Year
FridayFriMay 19, 2023May 19Vesak - Buddha Day
MondayMonJul 03, 2023Jul 03Asala - Dharma Day
SundaySunAug 13, 2023Aug 13Obon
FridayFriDec 08, 2023Dec 08Bodhi Day
ThursdayThuJan 25, 2024Jan 25Mahayana New Year
SaturdaySatFeb 10, 2024Feb 10Chinese New Year
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15Nirvana Day
SaturdaySatFeb 24, 2024Feb 24Magha Puja Day
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2024Apr 13Theravada New Year
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2024May 23Vesak - Buddha 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