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published: 1/20/05
updated: 12/16/13

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Chinese Buddhist Holidays




Below is a list of the holy days that Chinese Buddhists celebrate by visiting Buddhist temples to make offerings of prayers, incense, fruits, flowers and donations. On such days they observe the moral precepts as well as having only vegetarian food.

The dates given are based on the Chinese Lunar system so that 1.1 means the 'First day of the First lunar moon' and so on.

8.12 — Buddha Sakyamuni's Enlightenment Day
30.12 — Avatamsaka Bodisattava's Day
1.1 — Maitreya Buddha's Birthday
9.1 — Sakra Devaraja's Brithday
8.2 — Sakyamuni's Renunciation Day
15.2 — Sakyamuni Buddha's Mahaparinirvana Day
19.2 — Birthday of Kuan Shih Yin P'usa
21.2 — Birthday of Pu Hsien P'usa
16.3 — Birthday of Cundi P'usa
23.3 — Birthday of Marichi Devata
4.4 — Birthday of Wen-shu P'usa
8.4 — Birthday of Buddha Sakyamuni




15.4 — Vesak Day
28.4 — Birthday of Yao-Wang P'ua (Bhaisajyaraja Bodhisattva)
3.6 — Birthday of Wei-to
10.6 — Birthday of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)
19.6 — Enlightenment Day of Kuan Shih Yin P'usa
13.7 — Birthday of Ta-Shih Chi P'sua
15.7 — Yu-lan-pen (Ullambana) Ceremony, for feeding hungry ghosts
30.7 — Birthday of Ti-tsang P'usa
28.8 — Birthday of Buddha Jan-teng (Dipankara Buddha)
19.9 — Kuan Shih Yin P'usa's Renunciation Day
30.9 — Birthday of Yao-shi Fwo (Bhaisajyaguru Buddha)
5.10 — Anniversary of the death of Ta-mo (Bodhidharma)
17.11 — Birthday of O-mi-to Fwo (Amitabha Buddha)




Source

  1. "Chinese Buddhist Festivals." Buddhanet Buddhist Studies.