Buddhism Ceremony And Celebrations

There are quite a few Buddhists Ceremony. Here are some ceremony and what they are about:

1. Buddhist New Year
In some countries like Burma, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.

2. Vesak
This ceremony celebrates the Birthday of Buddha. In one day, the Buddhists celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This ceremony takes place on the first full moon of May.

3. Magha Puja Day
Magha Puja Day takes places on the full moon day of the third lunar month of March. This holy days is to remember an important event in the life of the Buddha, the fourfold assemblage.

4. Asalha Puja Day
Asalha Puja means to honor Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month an approximately July. It remember and shows respect to the Buddha’s first teaching.

5. Uposatha
The four holy days of each month. These holy days are throughout the new moons, full moons and quarter moons. On these days the Buddhists fast or they don’t eat at all.

6. Kathina Ceremony
In this festival new robes are offered to Buddhists monks.

7. Abhidhamma Day
This day celebrating the events when the Buddha is said to have gone to the Heaven to teach his mother. It is held on full moon of April.

8. Songkran
This Buddhist ceremony goes on for more than a few days during the middle of April. People cleaning their houses and wash their clothes and enjoy sprinkle fragrant water on the monks. This ceremony is like a spring cleaning!

9. Loy Krathong
This ceremony takes place on the full moon night of the Twelve of Lunar month. People bring bowls made of leaves, which contain flowers, candles and incense sticks. People float them in water and as they go, all bad luck is supposed to disappear.

10. The Ploughing Festival
This festival takes place of May, when the moon is half-full, two white oxen pull a gold painted plough, followed by four girls dressed in white who throw rice seeds from baskets. This is to celebrate the Buddha’s first moment of enlightenment, which happened when Buddha was seven years old, when he had gone with his father to watch the ploughing.

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