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When is the Mahayana Buddhist New Year x
I am trying find out what day is New Years Day for Mahayana Buddhists (Chan - Fo Guang Shan) to be specific.
I thought it was Chinese New Year on the 23rd of January ... but then I read it was the day of the first full moon, which looking at the sky is soon. So I am very confused. Kindly please help.
edit: ha, I knew as soon as I posted this, someone would correct me. Thanks, Doug. But I think sometimes the two New Years (Chinese, Tibetan) do coincide.
Buddhist New Year
In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries the new year starts on the first full moon day in January. However, the Buddhist New Year depends on the country of origin or ethnic background of the people. As for example, Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate late January or early February according to the lunar calendar, whilst the Tibetans usually celebrate about one month later.
And from the Huffington Post:
Buddhist Holidays 2012:
Jan 9-12: Mahayana New Year
Feb 8 - Nirvana Day
Apr 6 - Theravada New Year
May 5 - Wesak
Dec 8 - Bodhi Day