Buddhist Observation Days

Observance Days are based on the traditional Buddhist calendar of new, full and quarter moons. During new and full moon days, or Uposatha Days, monks would gather to listen to the recitation of theย Patimokkhaย rules. The weekly observance of the quarter moon is when lay devotees gather in the local monastery to observe the precept more strictly and listen to and speak about Dhamma. The basic, minimum standard is the 5 precepts for practicing lay Buddhists. However, on Observance days (or other special occasion) they may decide to train under the Eight Precepts, which brings them closer to how the monk or nun practices.

Date Day Lunar observance/Holy day
11 Jan Thursday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
18 Jan Thursday ๐Ÿชท 8th Medicine Buddha Day
25 Jan Thursday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
Mahayana New Year
10 Feb Saturday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
Maitreya Buddhaโ€™s Birthday
15 Feb Thursday ๐Ÿชท Parinirvana Day
24 Feb Saturday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moonย Mฤgha Pลซjฤ
10 Mar Sunday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
17 Mar Sunday ๐Ÿชท Sakyamuni Renunciation Day
24 Mar Sunday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
28 Mar Thursday ๐Ÿชท Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
9 Apr Tuesday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
23 Apr Tuesday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
8 May Wednesday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
22 May Wednesday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
Vesฤkha Pลซjฤ
6 June Thursday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
20 June Thursday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
6 Jul Saturday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
20 Jul Saturday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
ฤ€sฤแธทhฤ Pลซjฤ/ Dhamma Day
4 Aug Sunday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
18 Aug Sunday ๐ŸŒ• Full MoonUllambana
3 Sept Tuesday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
17 Sept Tuesday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
3 Oct Thursday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
17 Oct Thursday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
Pravฤraแน‡ฤ & Abhidhamma Day
1 Nov Saturday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
15 Nov Friday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
Loy Krathong Festival
22 Nov Friday ๐Ÿชท Lhabab Dรผchen
30 Nov Saturday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
8 Dec Sunday ๐Ÿชท Bodhi Day
15 Dec Sunday ๐ŸŒ• Full Moon
31 Dec Tuesday ๐ŸŒ‘ New Moon
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