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[START of] 3 DAY Theravadin New Year ** (**Local or regional customs may use a variattion of this date.) - Buddhist [to 2nd May] -

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Mon, 30/04/2018 (All day)
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30th April - 2nd May

Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist

 

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. 

Buddhist Festivals are always joyful occasions.  Typically on a festival day, lay people will go the the local temple or monastery and offer food to the monks and take the Five Precepts and listen to a Dharma talk.  In the afternoon, they distribute food to the poor to make merit and in the evening join perhaps in a ceremony of circumambulation a stupa three time as a sign of respect to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha.  The day will conclude with evening chanting of the Buddha's teachings and meditation.  

Pali training rules [edit]

The following are the five precepts (or five virtues (pañc[h]a-sīla) rendered in English

1.      I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.     

2.      I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.

3.      I undertake the training rule to avoid sexual misconduct.

4.      I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.

 

5.      I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.