Special Days

January

January 16th – 19th - Mahayana New Year

January 31st - Chinese New Year
Begins a fifteen Day Festival for Chinese people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honors Heaven and Earth.

February

February 15th - Nirvana Day
Buddhist – a regional observance of the death of the Buddha.

March

March 16th - Magha Puja Day
Buddhist celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha to and assembly of holy men.

April

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May

May 15th-18th - Theravadin New Year

May 14th - Visakha Puja-Buddha Day
Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha.

June

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July

July 13th - Asalha Puja Day

July 13th-15th - Ulambana-Obon
Buddhist celebration of the ritual of saving the deceased from torments after death.

August

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September

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October

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November

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December

December 8th - Rohatsu-Bodhi Day
Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of Buddha.