Buddhist holidays celebrated in year 2016. Buddhist calendar 2016.

Buddhist holidays celebrated in year 2016

  • Sunday January 24, 2016 - Mahayana New Year
  • Monday February 08, 2016 - Chinese New Year
  • Monday February 15, 2016 - Nirvana Day
  • Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 - Magha Puja Day
  • Friday April 22, 2016 - Theravada New Year
  • Sunday May 15, 2016 - Wesak - Buddha Day
  • Monday July 11, 2016 - Obon
  • Tuesday July 19, 2016 - Asala (Dharma Day)
  • Thursday December 08, 2016 - Bodhi Day
Buddhist calendar 2016: Magha Puja Day (Fourfold Assembly or "Sangha Day") - Wednesday Mar 23, 2016
Buddhist calendar holidays celebrated in year 2016

Magha Puja Day takes places on the full moon day of the third lunar month (March). This holy day is observed to commemorate an important event in the life of the Buddha. This event occurred early in the Buddha's teaching life.

After the first Rains Retreat (Vassa) at the Deer Park at Sarnath, the Buddha went to Rajagaha city where 1250 Arahats,(Enlightened saints) who were the Buddha's disciples, without prior appointment, returned from their wanderings to pay respect to the Buddha. They assembled in the Veruvana Monastery with the two chief disciples of the Buddha, Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Moggalana.

The assembly is called the Fourfold Assembly because it consisted of four factors: (1) All 1250 were Arahats; (2) All of them were ordained by the Buddha himself; (3) They assembled by themselves  without any prior call; (4) It was the full moon day of Magha month (March).

Buddhist calendar 2016. Wesak - Buddha Day: Sunday May 15, 2016

Wesak Day is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life – namely his birthday, his enlightenment and his passing away.

During this festival, devotees bring offerings of flowers, joss-sticks and candles. This is to remind them that, just as flowers wither and die, and joss sticks and candles burn away, so too is life – temporary.