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Holidays and Observances

This guide provides information about diverse cultural celebrations and religious holidays. It includes calendars and brief descriptions of the events. This resource can assist in event planning and classroom activities.

Buddhist Holidays and Observances

Bodhi Day —  This is a full day meant for remembrance and meditation.


Magha Puja Day -- Commemorates the date when the four disciples traveled to join the Buddha.


New Year's Day -- Many Buddhists observe the Chinese New Year celebration.  Mahayana Buddhists and Theravada Buddhists, however, celebrate the New Year on other days. So the Buddhist celebration is generally dependant on the country of origin or ethnic background.

   Individuals may require time away from campus for travel and observance of the Buddist New Year.


Wesak or Buddha Day — The celebration of Buddha's birth. This is the most important Buddhist festival.

Observers are encouraged to refrain from slaughtering and eating meat on this date.  Provide food accommodations as requested and offer vegetarian options for events on this date.  


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