Dharma Day (Asalha Puja Day)
|Fast Facts: Dharma Day (Asalha Puja Day)|
|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.
- “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."
- “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)."
- “Dharma Day.” GCSE Religious Studies - BBC Bitesize.