10 Main Buddhists Festivals

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

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

2) Vesak
This festival celebrates the Birthday of Buddha. In one day, the Buddhists celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This festival 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 (March). This holy day is to commemorate an important event in the life of the Buddha, the fourfold assembly.

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

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

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

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

8) Songkran
This Buddhist festival goes on for several days during the middle of April. People clean their houses and wash their clothes and enjoy sprinkling perfumed water on the monks. This festival is like a spring cleaning!

9) Loy Krathong
This festival takes place on the full moon night of the Twelfth 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 suppose to disappear.

10) The Ploughing Festival
This festival takes place in 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.

60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charlesrugby95
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 19:47:39

    It is a very interesting post Ash!
    We learn a lot from Buddhism traditions!
    Which one(s) do you do?
    IS there some most important than others?
    (Because it is kind of difficult to remember all of them ;))


  2. ashwath0608
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 16:18:15

    I think the most important one is Vesak (Buddha’s birthday). And no I don’t celebrate any of these festivals because I’m not Buddhist, I’m Hindu.


  3. annae03
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 16:46:57

    These are really interesting, actually. I like how familiar some of them sound, but they are still completely different to events around us. Maybe we should start celebrating these, in class? 😉 With all the proper food, actions, etc. Wouldn’t that be interesting? And educational, of course.


  4. shubham
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 16:35:20



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    Jun 12, 2012 @ 16:36:09



  6. shubham
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 16:36:39



  7. shubham
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 16:37:19



  8. panda girl!
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 15:49:38

    I need more! could u do one forsikhism please?


  9. jobina john
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:52:10

    this is a huge help to me and it is very interesting see ya im not buddest


  10. lilly johndon
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:53:27

    i love this


  11. kittykat1415
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 16:59:14

    what about christmas? everyone loves christmas! i wonder if Buddhists have a form of christmas. Oh, and Ash, i used to be Hindu, but, again, it doesnt fell right.


  12. Fat
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 13:44:07



  13. Julie
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 16:08:49

    hahaha thnx these helped with my RE homework


  14. J =D
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 16:08:51

    That’s quite a lot of festival days! All based around the moon?


  15. Marvelous Sakshi
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:42:44

    it helped me a lot do my project work thaxxxx who ever has given this info


  16. M.K. Maring
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 09:06:43

    I learnt many things from Buddhism. I agree that Buddhism is an ethical religion among the atheistic religion. But there is no future hope of soul, concept of God, and so on. If we come to the etymology of “Religion” description, Buddhism is neither a part of religion also. Anyway teach me more about Buddhist doctrine and I like it to marry Budhist woman, how?


  17. sbongile
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 15:52:58

    Please hlp i need information about buddhism religeon what i want is to know the information about buddhism festivals


  18. s singam hari
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 15:46:00



  19. lumpy. friend .
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 15:06:40

    Helped with essay fangs a lot, but why so many moon days? Huh.


  20. Milind Boudhh
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 16:57:10



  21. nikita
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 07:15:39

    really interesting


  22. matt
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 03:28:18



  23. Lucy pickles
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 09:50:58

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! That is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  24. MR MAD
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 08:32:03

    HI BRO


  25. MR MAD
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 08:39:49



  26. robi gandof
    May 01, 2014 @ 10:31:12

    this is really buddist


  27. robi gandof
    May 01, 2014 @ 10:38:51

    ilove new year andc cake


  28. Abilash
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 12:15:32

    I like buddhism very much,and also jainism


  29. dragoon
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 17:44:29

    very helpful for my s.st project


  30. Aung Chaw Mong
    Oct 02, 2014 @ 05:50:27

    I appreciate for these information. It’s really useful for me. But I knew there has some more festivals in Buddhist, like; Prabarona Purnima celebrate in Bangladeshi Buddhist Community.


  31. Zoe
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 18:07:44

    i love this. i’ve actually noted down a few of them. great post! ♥


  32. rohit
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 06:32:35

    awesome i love buddhism- what a peaceful religion i never ever seen before


  33. St pete's
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 13:04:52

    All super interesting but I found one flaw… The full moon that is celebrated in Abhidhamma is in October not April.. It’s the 7th full moon in the Burmese lunar year which starts in April.


  34. Anand Savkare
    Aug 08, 2015 @ 17:14:20

    very nice information infact the uposatha of buddhism are still followed in hindusm as ekadashi(a firstmoon day ), chaturthi (a quarter moon ) and pornima ( full moon) on these days most of vaishnwaites keep fast


  35. manish955
    Aug 19, 2015 @ 07:08:53

    Really nice information, i was searching for list of buddhist festivals to add a question on my quiz site and i ended up here.


  36. Sunil mohite
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 08:34:38

    List of Buddhist festivals


  37. wdefrs
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 18:48:38



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    Apr 27, 2016 @ 09:19:53

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  40. Cade
    Apr 27, 2016 @ 09:24:29

    This is awesome


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  42. mynahpat
    Jul 15, 2016 @ 14:26:00

    very interesting and very enjoyable


  43. Sandesh Hiwale
    Feb 06, 2017 @ 14:43:12

    “DhammaChakra Pravartan Day” – most famous and most Important festival in India

    On 14 October 1956 at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism publicly and gave Deeksha of Buddhism to his more than 10,0,000 followers. The day is celebrated as Dhammacakra Pravartan Din. The grounds in Nagpur on which the conversion ceremony took place is known as Deekshabhoomi. Every year more than 2 million Buddhist people especially Ambedkarist from all over the world visit Deekshabhoomi to commemorate Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din.

    77% Buddhist in Maharashtra state as compare to total Indian Buddhist Population.


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    Dec 28, 2017 @ 03:57:02



  46. Peter Morua
    May 15, 2019 @ 04:48:26

    all the ten festival is good and its important in religious life, I am not the Buddhist but I know some of the teaching of Buddha is helpful to others and also to me.


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