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Buddhist Holidays

Do any of you partake in any? I have had a glance at a few but they all seem to be about festivals and being a westerner I'm abit out of reach from all that (perhaps I'm wrong)

I'd love to have a few extra days to celebrate to my year though.

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  • dhammachickdhammachick crazy Aussie BUJU Sydney, Australia Veteran

    I observed Vesak

  • TiggerTigger Toronto, Canada Veteran

    What do you do on Vesak @dhammachick and when do you celebrate it? I think it's the second Sunday in May.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    As a sangha we celebrate the Tibetan New Year and Saga Dawa, which celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death all at once, for a month. Usually around May, as it goes by the Tibetan calendar. For us it's just a time to connect, we usually do a potluck, we often watch a Buddhist documentary, our teacher teaches. He usually requests we stick to vegetarianism for the month. It is also the time he leaves to go to Asia for 6 months so we celebrate his safe travels.

    For myself, I actually still practice several Pagan/Wiccan holidays, as they fit nicely for me within Buddhism. I also often take the 8 precepts instead of 5 during a full moon. Not because I think the moon is magic for merit really, but just because it's an easy reminder to do so.

  • TiggerTigger Toronto, Canada Veteran

    I don't think I can be a vegetarian all year round but I would like to do so during Vesak to celebrate

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Everyday's a "hāligdæg".... everyday is special ....tis nothing special :)

  • techietechie India Veteran

    To be honest, I didn't even know that there were any Buddhist holidays. O.o Out of curiosity, when is Buddha's birthday usually observed?

  • dhammachickdhammachick crazy Aussie BUJU Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Tigger said:
    What do you do on Vesak @dhammachick and when do you celebrate it? I think it's the second Sunday in May.

    Hi @Tigger - I am fortunate enough to live in an area who's council celebrate Vesak day each year with a celebration in our main park. Last year (2016) was 15 May. It was a beautiful day. This year it falls on 21 May.

    combinedvesak2016.com/vesak-day

    combinedvesak2016.com/

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  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @dhammachick I notice it was held in Burwood park... Wow I use to live in Burwood Sydney's Western suburbs, many many moooooon ago ... ) :)

  • dhammachickdhammachick crazy Aussie BUJU Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    @dhammachick I notice it was held in Burwood park... Wow I use to live in Burwood Sydney's Western suburbs, many many moooooon ago ... ) :)

    Omg I live in Croydon plays twilight zone theme :smile:

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Tis a small world .... :)

    dhammachick
  • TiggerTigger Toronto, Canada Veteran

    Thanks @dhammachick, I'm putting in on my Calendar. I believe there might be parade on Yonge Street (small one). I remember there being a parade in the spring on Yonge Street and I believe this is what it was but did not know it at the time.

    Thanks again

  • Steve_BSteve_B Far southwest corner of Indiana, USA Veteran

    @techie said:
    To be honest, I didn't even know that there were any Buddhist holidays. O.o Out of curiosity, when is Buddha's birthday usually observed?

    And previously, @karasti said:
    As a sangha we celebrate the Tibetan New Year and Saga Dawa, which celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death all at once, for a month. Usually around May, as it goes by the Tibetan calendar.

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