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Determining Buddhist Holidays can be a challenge. Many different sects, countries, and individuals celebrate in many ways and at different times. A number of different calendars including Chinese, Tibetan, Buddhist, and Gregorian (Western) are used to determine dates which can make it confusing. Some sects celebrate Siddhartha Gautama's birth (Buddha Day), enlightenment (Bodhi Day) and death and entrance into Nirvana (Nirvana Day) at three separate times. Others celebrate these at one time (Wesek).

Holidays by Month

January February March
  • 15 - Nirvana Day
  • 21 (2004)- Losar- Tibetan New Year (usually day after third new moon after soltice, but in some years it is the day after the second new moon)
  • 6 or 9 -Kuan Yin Birthday (either full moon in March or 19th day of 2nd lunar month in Chinese calendar)
April May June
July August September
  • 4 - Avalokitesvara's (Kuan Yin) Enlightenment (19th day of 6th lunar month of Chinese calendar)
October November December
  • Bodhidharma's Birthday (5th day of 10th lunar month of Chinese calendar)


Calendars listing Buddhist & other holidays.

2004: Full Calendar (Adobe Acrobat file - 400k - Download and print)

2004: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec (web page format)

Other Holidays

Tibetan Buddhist holidays listed each month at Daka's Buddhist Astrology.
Zen Buddhist Calendar
More information on Buddhist Holidays

Dates for future Chinese New Years

2005 - February 9 (Rooster year)
2006 - January 29 (Dog year)
2007 - February 18 (Pig year)


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