Dharma Day (Asalha Puja Day)

Fast Facts: Dharma Day (Asalha Puja Day)
Faith(s) Buddhism
Meaning celebrates the Buddha's first sermon (dharma refers to the Buddha's teachings)
Date full moon day of the 8th lunar month (Asalha), which usually falls in July

Dharma Day, also known as Asalha Puja, is a Theravada Buddhist festival on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month (called Asalha; usually falls in July). It commemorates the "turning of the wheel of the Dharma" (the Buddha's first sermon) at the Deer Park in Sarnath, India.


  1. “Asalha Puja.” Keown, Damien, Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism (Oxford University Press). "Festival held in Theravada countries to commemorate the Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park."
  2. Buddhist Festivals and Special Days.” Buddhanet. "Asalha Puja means to pay homage to the Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (approximately July)."
  3. Dharma Day.” GCSE Religious Studies - BBC Bitesize.

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