Festival Dates

Buddhist festival dates 2015-2025 CE
Compiled by Shantavira D.F.Astrol.S

Note: this information is also available as a Google Calendar, please see the instructions on the Google Calendars page of this site for how to make use of this facility.

Triratna International Retreat:
Friday 1st to Tuesday 5th June 2012

International Urban Retreat:
Sat, 9 November 2013 – Sun, 17 November 2013

Fixed date festivals (solar calendar):
Parinirvana Day 15 February
Triratna Sangha Day 6 April (the anniversary of the founding of the FWBO in 1967)
Triratna Order Day 7 April (the anniversary of the founding of the WBO in 1968)
The Buddha’s birthday 8 April
Sangharakshita’s birthday 26 August (b. 1925)

The following lunar calendar festivals are calculated according to the first full moon (in the UK) of May, July, and November. Padmasambhava Day is calculated according to the tenth day of the lunar month starting in September. CE years are given as there is no general agreement between the different traditions on the counting of Buddhist years, but in 1957 the 2500th Buddha Jayanti was celebrated internationally and we therefore calculate the Buddhist year by adding 543 to the CE year. There may be some variation from (and between) Indian, Burmese, Sri Lankan, and Tibetan (etc) festival dates, because their calendars vary and some are not fixed more than a couple of years in advance, and because the full moon sometimes occurs in Asia the day after the UK because of the time difference. (For example, in 2002 the lunar month of Vaishakha fell in April in India, but in Burma it was in May.) Bhante therefore decided that we should always simply choose the first full moon of the relevant (western) month. This will occasionally conflict with the supposed statement in the scriptures that there were two lunar months between the Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddha Day) and his first teaching (Dharma or Dharmachakra Day) although if anyone knows where this is actually stated I would be interested to know.

CE Year

Buddha Day

Dharma Day

Padmasambhava Day

Sangha Day

2013

25 May

22 July

14 September

17 November

2014

14 May

12 July

3 October

6 November

2015

4 May

2 July

22 September

25 November

2016

21 May

19 July

10 September

14 November

2017

10 May

9 July

29 September

4 November

2018

29 May

27 July

18 September

23 November

2019

18 May

16 July

7 October

12 November

2020

7 May

5 July

26 September

30 November

2021

26 May

24 July

16 September

19 November

2022

16 May

13 July

4 October

8 November

2023

5 May

3 July

24 September

27 November

2024

23 May

21 July

12 September

15 November

2025

12 May

10 July

30 September

5 November

(CE dates are given, as there is no general agreement between the different traditions on the counting of Buddhist years, but in 1957 the 2500th Buddha Jayanti was celebrated and the FWBO therefore calculates the Buddhist year (which starts at Wesak) by adding 543 to the CE year.

There may be some variation from Indian / Sri Lankan / Tibetan festival dates, because their calendars vary and are not fixed more than a couple of years in advance, and because they sometimes have their full moon the day after us because of the time difference.)

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