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Buddhist Holiday Calendar 2011, 2012, 2013
Holiday Dates for the major celebrations of Buddhism

Buddhist calendar for 2010

Monday 8 February

Parinirvana - Nirvana day

Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Monday 15 February

Nirvana day (alternative date)

Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.

Thursday 27 May

Wesak or Buddha day

The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his birth and death.

Theravada New Year

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Wednesday 8 December

Bodhi Day

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.

Buddhist calendar for 2011

Tuesday 8 February

Parinirvana - Nirvana day

Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Tuesday 15 February

Nirvana day (alternative date)

Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.

Friday 18 February

Magha Puja

Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arahants.

Monday 18 April

Theravada New Year

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Tuesday 17 May

Wesak or Buddha day

The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. Pictures of Wesak celebrations in Manchester

Friday 15 July

Asala - Dharma Day

The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.

Thursday 8 December

Bodhi Day

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.

Buddhist calendar for 2012

Tuesday 7 February

Magha Puja

Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arahants.

Wednesday 8 February

Parinirvana - Nirvana day

Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Wednesday 15 February

Nirvana day (alternative date)

Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.

Friday 6 April

Theravada New Year

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Saturday 5 May

Wesak or Buddha day

The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. Pictures of Wesak celebrations in Manchester

Tuesday 3 July

Asala - Dharma Day

The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.

Saturday 8 December

Bodhi Day

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.

Buddhist calendar for 2013

Friday 8 February

Parinirvana - Nirvana day

Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Friday 15 February

Nirvana day (alternative date)

Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.

Monday 25 February

Magha Puja

Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arahants.

Thursday 25 April

Theravada New Year

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Saturday 25 May

Wesak or Buddha day

The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. Pictures of Wesak celebrations in Manchester

Monday 22 July

Asala - Dharma Day

The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.

Sunday 8 December

Bodhi Day

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India

 

Charles Henderson

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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