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2017 Event Calendar
|11th Feb Saturday||Magha Puja Day (Fourfold Assembly or Dhamma Day)|
This Holy day is observed to commemorate an important event in the life of the Buddha. This event occurred early in the Buddha's teaching life. After the first Rains Retreat (Vassa) at the Deer Park at Sarnath, the Buddha went to Rajagaha city where 1,250 Arahants, (Enlightnened saints) who were the Buddha's disciples, without prior appointment, returned from their wanderings to pay respect to the Buddha. They assembled in the Veruvana Monastery with the two chief disciples of the Buddha, Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Moggalana. The assembly is called the Fourfold Assembly because it consisted of four factors:(1) All 1,250 were Arahants; (2) All of them were ordained by the Buddha himself; (3) They assembled by themselves without any prior call; (4) It was the full moon day of Maga month.
|9th April Sunday||Songkran Festival (New Year Celebration)|
Songkran is a Thai word which means "move" or "change place" as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believe that water will wash away bad luck. Therefore, they enjoy sprinkling perfumed water on the monks, novices and other people. Dana, chanting, blessing, short sermon, fund raising food fete, SE Asian traditional dances are part of the celebration programmes.
|14th May Sunday||Visakha Puja (Buddha Day)|
Vesak or Visakha Puja (Buddha's Birthday Celebrations). Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the one day. The first full moon day in May, except in a leap year when the festival is held in June. This celebration is called Vesak being the name of the month in the Indian calendar. Pindapata, lunch, candle procession around the Chedi pagoda and Dhamma sermon for all attending.
|8th Jul Saturday||Asalha Puja Day (Sangha Day)|
This festival signifies the 3 months rainy seasons where the Buddha preached his first teaching: the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) to the five ascetics at the Deer Park (Sarnath) near Benares city, India. Where Kondanna, the senior ascetic attained the first level of enlightenment (the Sotapanna level of mind purity). Pindapata, lunch, candle procession around the Chedi Pagoda and Dhamma sermon for all attending.
|9th July Sunday||Khao Pansa (Start of Rains Retreat) |
It’s a festival celebrated to mark the start of 3 months rains retreat (Buddhist Lent). In the old days, there was only candle light to be used around the temple, and on the entry of the rainy season, Thai people made large candles as offerings to be used during this season. Some believe that as a result of this custom, they become brighter, and smarter – similar to the characteristics of the candlelight. This tradition passed on from generation to generation and it is still present today.
|30th July Sunday||Royal Birthday Ceremony for the New His Majesty King of Thailand||10:00am|
|13th Aug Sunday||Her Majesty Queen of Thailand Birthday + Chao Khun Samai Birthday||9:30am|
|20th Aug Sunday||Boon Khao Padubdin ceremony (Making Merits for the Departed)||10am|
|3rd Sep Sunday||Boon Khao Salak Ceremony (Making Merits for the Departed)||10am|
|17th Sep Sunday||Sart Thai Ceremony|
It's a day to remember the dead with prayers, merged with Buddhist rituals and merit making. The Thai people believe that it's due to their ancestors that they are who they are today. Therefore the Thais pay their ancestors special respect on the day of the Sart Thai festival.
|8th Oct Sunday||Royal Kathina (Robe Offering) Ceremony|
Kathina ceremony is a festival celebrated with offerings of robes to the monks after 3 months in the rains retreat season (Vassa). During the ceremony, lay people make offerings to the temple, in gratitude for a good harvest, and to receive blessing from monks. Royal Kathina is the Royal Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the robe and other requisites to the Sangha and making merits.
|31st Dec Saturday||New Year Celebration||7pm - 12:30am|