Vassa

  Vassa (Pali: vassa-, Sanskrit: varṣa-, both “rain”) is the three-month annual retreat observed by Theravada practitioners. Taking place during the wet season, Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October. For the duration of Vassa,...

Asalha Puja

Asalha Puja (known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand) is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month. Asalha Puja, also known as Dhamma Day, is one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festivals,...

Wisaka Bucha Day

On Vesākha Day, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. As Buddhism spread from India it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and...

Coronation Day

When is Coronation Day? This national holiday in Thailand held annually on 5 May. If 5 May falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday. Known in Thai as ‘Wan Chattra Mongkhon’, this holiday marks the coronation of King Bhumibol...

Songkran Festival

The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn]) is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. The word “Songkran”, comes from the Sanskrit word “Saṃkrānti”, which means transformation or change. The...

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