The Buddhist Calendar And The New Year
The New Year is a time for great joy and celebration amongst the Buddhist community around the world. Statues of Buddha are bathed in a ceremony and worshipped by devotees. Other Buddhist gods are also paid homage. Candles are lighted in the temples to give honour to these gods.
People clean up their house, dress up in new clothes and pay a visit to their friends and relatives to exchanges wishes and gifts. Delicious dishes are prepared in traditional manner and served to all. Fireworks on street add that extra bit of charm on new year.
These are some of the most common new year celebration methods, however, like the date itself, the way of celebrating new year also varies from country to country depending upon local customs and traditions. Also, the new year festivities take into account the religious norms of Buddhism.
Buddhist New Year In 2008
January 22-25, 2008 - Mahayana Buddhist New Year
April 20-23, 2008 - Therevadin Buddhist New Year
(Regional customs or moon sightings can lead to a variation of this date in 2008)
Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Bangladesh
Tibet, Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal