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Coming Events

2014

12/01/2014 - Sakyamuni Buddha Enlightenment Day

19/01/2014 - Thien Hoa Ancestor Remembrance Day

30/01/2014 (Thursday) - Vietnamese New Year Eve

31/01/2014 - Vietnamese New Year Celebration

16/02/2014 - The First Full Moon Celebration

16/03/2014 - Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Ceremony

22/03/2014 - 23/03/2014 - Eight Precepts one day retreat

11/05/2014 - Vesak Celebration

13/07/2014 - Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Ceremony

10/08/2014 - Ullambana Celebration

16/08/2014 - 06/09/2014 - Pilgrimage Sri Lanka and Vietnam

07/09/2014 - Mid Autumn/Moon cake Festival

09/11/2014 - Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Ceremony

07/12/2014 - Celebrate last Full Moon

 

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22/03/2014 - Eight Precepts retreat. Click here to view photos.

31/01/2014 - Vietnamese New Year celebration. Click here to view photos.

2013 - Eight Precepts retreat and guests visited. Click here to view photos.

2013 - Myanmar & Vietnam Pilgrimage. Click here to view photos.

09/11/2012 to 04/12/2012 - India & Vietnam Pilgrimage. Click here to view photos.

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Traditional celebrations

Buddhist holy-days that are celebrated at Upeksa are the following. The dates are calculated according to the lunar calendar and often fall on the full moon.

Luna Calendar Celebration
1/1

New Year's day.
Commemoration of Maitreya Buddha

19/2, 19/6, 19/9 Commemoration of Quan Yin Boddhisattva
8/4 Sakyamuni Buddha's birthday
15/7 The second full moon day of the year is Ullambana Day. View pictures of Ullambana 2006 at Upeksa Village.
15/8 Full moon Festival is Children's Day. View pictures of Children's Day 2006.
15/12 Buddha's Enlightenment.

Traditionally, people attend temples to do incense offerings or fruit offerings and chant on these religious days.

Some even eat only vegetarian foods. It's always crowed at the temples on the New Year day and Ulambana day.

New Year's day is the biggest festival of the year. People wish for luck and make offerings. Small gifts are given as offerings and to invoke generosity and abundance.

On the Ullambana day, people gather at the temples to pray for their ancestors and make good deeds such as making donations, freeing animals, etc. Meanwhile, an important ceremony occurs: Robe offering to the sangha.

As you can see on the photos, it's quite joyful to participate in these events of the year.

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