Vassa and Kathina: Retreat From the World

Quick Facts Summary: Vassa is an annual three-month retreat undertaken by Buddhist monks, whilst Kathina is a festival of celebration that occurs immediately after it 2019 Date: 17th July – 13th October (Vassa); 14th October – 12th November (Kathina) Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists Linked Holidays: Asalha Puja (Buddhism), Lent (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Vassa […]

Kalashtami: The Ferocious Manifestation

Quick Facts Summary: a monthly Hindu festival that honours the deity Bhairava, a manifestation of Shiva 2019 Date: 24th July, 23rd August, 22nd September, 21st October, 19th November (this is Bhairava Ashtami), 19th December Celebrated by: Hindus of the Shaivite tradition Linked Holidays: Bhairava Ashtami Background and Theological Significance Kalashtami is a Hindu festival that […]

Asalha Puja: Teaching Begins

Quick Facts Summary: a Theravada Buddhist festival commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon 2018 Date: 16th July Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists, Thailand (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Vesak Background and Theological Significance Asalha Puja, also known as Asanha Bucha or Dharma Day, is an annual Buddhist festival that celebrates the first sermon that Siddhartha Gautama, […]

Vesak: Breaking the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2019 Date: 19th May, but dates vary Celebrated by: Buddhists (predominantly Theravada), some countries as a National Holiday Linked Holidays: Buddha’s Birthday, Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Background and Theological Significance Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima or simply ‘Buddha […]