Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018

There are many special or holy days held throughout the year by the Buddhist community. Many of these days celebrate the birthdays of Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition or other significant dates in the Buddhist calendar. The most significant celebration happens every May on the night of the full moon, when Buddhist all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. It has become to be known as Buddha Day. Here is Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018     .

Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018     

Date /Month
Day
Festival Name
02 January
Tuesday  
Mahayana New Year
14 February
Wednesday
Ritual purification (Dugzhuuba)
15 February
Thursday
Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni
16 February
Friday 
Tibetan New Year (Losar)
Mongolian New Year (Tsagaan Sar)
15 Wonders of the Buddha (Monlam Chenmo)
02 March
Friday
Sangha Day
Magha Puja
Chotrul Duchen
31 March
Saturday  
Avalokitesvara's Birthday
13 April
Friday  
Thai New Year (Songkran)
30 April
Monday  
Theravada New Year
Kalachakra festival (Duynhor-Khural)
04 May
Friday  
Plowing day (Raek Na Khwan)
22 May
Tuesday
Buddha's Birthday
29 May
Tuesday
Vesak
28 June
Thursday  
Poson Poya Day
Dzam Ling Chi Sang
06 July
Friday
Birth of Dalai Lama
16 July
Monday  
Gyre of Maitreya (Maidari-Khural)
22 July
Sunday  
Birth of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)
28 July   
Saturday
Vassa
Commemorated of Arhats (Naidani-Khural)
Dharma Day (Asalha Puja)
26 August
Sunday
Ghost Festival
Ancestor Day (Ulambana)
The Festival Of The Tooth (Esala Perahera)
24 October
Wednesday
Kathina
Pavarana day

30 October
Tuesday  
Lhabab Duchen
17 November
Saturday
The Elephant Festival
23 November
Friday
Day of protectors of the Doctrine (Palden Lhamo)
Loi Krathong
Anapanasati Day
02 December
Sunday
Feast of thousands of lamps (Zula-Khural)

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