Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018

There are many special or holy days held throughout the year by the Buddhist community. Many of these days celebrate the birthdays of Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition or other significant dates in the Buddhist calendar. The most significant celebration happens every May on the night of the full moon, when Buddhist all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. It has become to be known as Buddha Day. Here is Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018     .

Buddhist holidays and festivals in Year 2018     

Date /Month
Festival Name
02 January
Mahayana New Year
14 February
Ritual purification (Dugzhuuba)
15 February
Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni
16 February
Tibetan New Year (Losar)
Mongolian New Year (Tsagaan Sar)
15 Wonders of the Buddha (Monlam Chenmo)
02 March
Sangha Day
Magha Puja
Chotrul Duchen
31 March
Avalokitesvara's Birthday
13 April
Thai New Year (Songkran)
30 April
Theravada New Year
Kalachakra festival (Duynhor-Khural)
04 May
Plowing day (Raek Na Khwan)
22 May
Buddha's Birthday
29 May
28 June
Poson Poya Day
Dzam Ling Chi Sang
06 July
Birth of Dalai Lama
16 July
Gyre of Maitreya (Maidari-Khural)
22 July
Birth of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)
28 July   
Commemorated of Arhats (Naidani-Khural)
Dharma Day (Asalha Puja)
26 August
Ghost Festival
Ancestor Day (Ulambana)
The Festival Of The Tooth (Esala Perahera)
24 October
Pavarana day

30 October
Lhabab Duchen
17 November
The Elephant Festival
23 November
Day of protectors of the Doctrine (Palden Lhamo)
Loi Krathong
Anapanasati Day
02 December
Feast of thousands of lamps (Zula-Khural)
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Dhanu Sankranti - About Dhanu Sankranti -Dhanu Sankranti Date and Muhurta 2017 to 2022 - Dhanu Sankranti Rituals

About Dhanu Sankranti
Dhanu Sankranti signifies the transition of sun to the Dhanu (Sagittarius) rashi from Vrishchika(Scorpio) rashi. It marks the beginning of the ninth month in Hindu Solar Calendar. On this day, Lord Surya or the Sun God is worshiped. Devotees take a dip in the holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari etc. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Orissa. Lord Jagannath is worshiped on this day. 

On this day, Lord Surya or the Sun God is worshiped. Devotees take a dip in the sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Yamuna as it is considered a very auspicious ritual. This festival is celebrated with great gusto in Orissa. Lord Jagannath is worshiped on this day. In Orissa, the month of Pousha is considered the month of plenty. Hence, after collecting the harvest a festival of celebration is organized. A special delicacy made of sweetened rice flakes Dhanu Muan is prepared which is offered to Lord Jagannath.

A street play is held on this day in the Bargarh town of Orissa that depicts the various episodes of Lord Krishna’s life. One of the episodes is based on Krishna’s visit to Mathura to witness the Bow ceremony organized by Kansa.  Kansa had invited Krishna and Balaram on the occasion of Dhanu Yatra with the evil intention of killing them. This annual festival showcases scenes right from Lord Krishna's birth to the killing of the demon by him. During this occasion Bargarh is shown as Mathura, river Jira on the border of Bargarh town as Jamuna and a small village Ambapali on the other side of the river as Gopapura. The mango orchard serves as Vrindavan. Various scenes mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana are enacted in different areas of Bargarh town and almost all the people in the town participate in the play with great enthusiasm.

Dhanu Sankranti Rituals 

On this day, Lord Jagannath is worshipped in many parts of India, especially in Orissa. Devotees start the festival of Dhanu Yatra from sixth day of Pousha month in Shukla Paksha and continue it until Purnima of the Pousha month.

Special prasad is prepared on this day, which includes sweetened rice flakes in conical shape to offer the God during the puja ceremony.

The “Bow Ceremony” is depicted in a street play and held as mentioned in the Bhagwad Purana. Devotees from near and far come to watch this and pray to God.

This day is considered auspicious to offer donation (daanya punnya) and perform ancestral pujas.
Apart from daan activities one should involve himself in sankraman japa, holy water bath and pitru tarpan.

The Sun God is offered water and flowers early in the morning just after the sunrise to receive blessings. Devotees especially, women, fast on this day for happiness and fortune in their life.

Dhanu Sankranti Date and Muhurta 2017 to 2025 

➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2017 : 16th December 2017 (Saturday)
Dhanu Sankranti Phalam
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 07:05 to 12:22
Duration = 5 Hours 17 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 03:14
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 07:05 to 08:50
Duration = 1 Hour 45 Mins

➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2018 : 16th December 2018 (Sunday)
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 09:24 to 15:48
Duration = 6 Hours 24 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 09:24
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 09:24 to 09:48
Duration = 0 Hours 24 Mins
➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2019 : 16th December 2019 (Monday)
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 15:43 to 17:39
Duration = 1 Hour 56 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 15:43
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 15:43 to 16:07
Duration = 0 Hours 24 Mins 
 ➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2020 : 15th December 2020 (Tuesday)
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 12:22 to 17:39
Duration = 5 Hours 17 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 21:47
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 15:53 to 17:39
Duration = 1 Hour 45 Mins

 ➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2021 : 16th December 2021 (Thursday)
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 07:05 to 12:22
Duration = 5 Hours 17 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 03:58
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 07:05 to 08:50
Duration = 1 Hour 45 Mins
 ➤Dhanu Sankranti Date Year 2022 : 16th December 2022 (Friday)
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 10:11 to 16:35
Duration = 6 Hours 24 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 10:11
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 10:11 to 10:35
Duration = 0 Hours 24 Mins
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Vivaha Panchami Date 2017 to 2022 | About Vivaha Panchami | Vivaha Panchami Celebrations | Pictures

Vivaha Panchami Date 2017 to 2022 

Vivaha Panchami Date of Year 2017 : 23rd November 2017 (Thursday)
Vivaha Panchami Date of Year 2018 : 12 ve December 2018 (Wednesday)
Vivaha Panchami Date of Year 2019 : 1st December 2019 (Sunday)
Vivaha Panchami Date of Year 2020 : 19th December 2020 (Saturday)
Vivaha Panchami Date of Year 2021 : 8th December 2021 (Wednesday)

 About Vivaha Panchami

Vivaha panchami is an auspicious Hindu festival , which is celebrated to commemorate the divine marriage of Lord Ram (the prince of Ayodhya ) and Sita (princess of Janakpur).

It is observed on the fifth day of shukla paksh (the bright fortnight) in the month of Margashira as per the Hindu calendar. The festival is generally marked in late November and early December time according to the Georgian calendar .This festival is primarily celebrated in the Northern India, Mithilanchal and Nepal.

According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, King Janak of Mithila (Janakpur) organized a "Swayamver" ceremony where he invited many kings of various kingdoms and Sita the daughter of Janak was supposed to choose a groom for herself among them. However the condition was to lift the Shiva dhanusha and string it ,to be able to marry princess Sita . Thousands of kings and princes tried but could not even make it move a bit .Then Ram the prince of Ayodhya, lifted this gigantic heavy Shiva dhanush (bow) and string it. Breathless audience clapped and flower came from heaven, and princess Sita was wedded to Lord Ram.

To immortalize the wedding ceremony of Lord Ram, and Devi Sita, people have been celebrating the Vivaha Panchami with enormous dedication.
Vivaha Panchami Celebrations 
Vivaha Panchami is celebrated with great pomp and show in the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya. The wedding ceremonies are enacted with the idols of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. The procession of Lord Ram’s ‘baraat’ is taken from one temple to another all the way from Ayodhya to ‘Janakpur’ where the marriage ceremonies take place. The event is popularly referred to as “Ram Vivah Utsav”. Devotees sing various ‘Bhajans’ in order to seek Lord Ram’s blessings. The famous religious song; “Hari Anant, Hari Katha Anant, Mangal Bhawan Amangal Hari” is sung by devotees.

The ceremonies culminate in the evening where devotees throng in huge numbers in Janakpur, the birthplace of Goddess Sita. Special ‘Pujan’ is held at the various temples situated there. People take a dip in the holy lakes of Mithilanchal like Gangasagar, Dhanushsagar and Argaza. The idols of the deities after the ‘Pranpratishtha’ rituals are dressed like bride and groom and taken out in processions and the enactment of their wedding take place at the famous Janaki temple. Thousands of devotees visit Nepal during this time and visit temples in order to seek blessings from the Lord for a happy married life.

‘Vivah Panchami’ is marked as the auspicious day to celebrate the union of two bodies into one soul for the seven life cycles one goes through before he/she attains salvation. Every couple which wants happiness in their life perform ‘pooja’ on this day.

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Seng Kut Snem Festival Date 2017 to 2022 | About Seng Kut Snem | Seng Kut Snem Celebration | Festival Of Meghalaya

Seng Kut Snem Festival Date 2017 to 2022

 Seng Kut Snem Festival is celebrated 23rd November every year.

About Seng Kut Snem

Meghalaya is also known as a “Tribal Land” with a number of tribal communities living here. As different tribal groups have different traditions and customs associated with them, all the major festivals celebrated here are based on the religious and spiritual sentiments of the natives here.

Among all the tribal groups existing in Meghalaya, the Khasi community is one of the largest and has its own culture, religion, beliefs and identity. The Festival of Seng Kut Snem is celebrated in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. It is an annual indigenous festival held in the month of November.
The festival acts as a means of fun and entertainment for the Khasi Community as they sing, dance, play music and have great merriment. Sound of different musical instruments fill the atmosphere with fresh vibrancy. Kids, adults, men and women all come together to celebrate this festival and make it memorable.

Earlier simply a religious act, the festival of Seng Kut Snem has slowly grown in its popularity and entire Shillong waits for this festival year long. Not only for the locals of Shillong, but tourists from outside find it very attractive and interesting.

 Seng Kut Snem Celebration

Seng Kut Snem is the celebration to commemorate the renaissance and awakening of the Khasi community as a whole. The Seng Khasi was formed 117 years ago by 16 magnanimous young men who worked towards the preservation of the traditional beliefs and the culture of the Khasis and these men stood up against the British imperialism and strengthened the community to ensure that it deserves all that is there and to preserve the identity through the formation of Seng Khasi,” said Banteidor Rumnong, president of the Seng Khasi that was formed on November 23, 1899.

When asked about the hurdles faced by the Seng Khasi, he pointed out that conversion to other faiths had weakened the traditional faith in the beginning. “One of the threats, particularly in the early times, was the conversion to other faiths that led to the dilution of the culture, traditional beliefs and our roots,” he said and added that despite all odds the faith strived and fought for its identity.

R. Rynjah, culture secretary of the Seng Khasi, said people from Christian faith have come to an understanding and are now back to the traditional fold. “Some of them say they entered Christianity without understanding. It has dawned upon them that they are to preserve the Khasi culture and faith, we are born as Khasis and we will be Khasis,” he added.

Rynjah informed that every Sunday, there are speakers who talk on the traditional knowledge and wisdom of the Khasis. “It is a sort of Seng Khasi awakening movement. The movement has more than 300 branches all over Khasi-Jaintia.”

Through the celebrations of Seng Kut Snem, the Seng Khasi has upheld its aim of protection and preservation of the customs and traditions embracing all aspects of the Khasi way of life, which included traditional music and dances, games and amusements, Rynjah explained.
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Pramukh Swami Maharaj 97th Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Celebration Invitation and All Programe Date and timing sidual

 As part of Guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj's centenary celebrations, this year the entire BAPS family is honored to celebrate his 97th birthday in Anand, in the divine presence of Pragat Brahmaswarup Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj. Everyone is invited to attend this grand celebration.Here is some Information about Pramukh Swami Maharaj 97th Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Celebration Invitation and All Programe Date and timing Shidual.

Date : 27th November 2017
Celebration start date : 18th November 
Venue - 18th November to 26 November Place : Akshar Farm Anand
27thNovember Venue : Brahm Swarup Pramukh swami nagar, Anand-sojitra Road ,Near Anand
Hotel Booking Phone : +91 999 899 0102
Hotel Booking Request form : Click Here
E-mail: 97jj.utara@gmail.com

Navahan Programe Detail At Akshar Farm Anand

18/11/2017 - 3:00 Pm to 6:00 PM - Mahila Din
19/11/2017 - Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM- Swagat Sabha
20/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM -Bal yuva din
21/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM -B.A.P.S Vidhya Mandir Annual function
22/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM -Kirtan Aaradhana
23/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Charotar Gatha
24/11/2017- 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - BAPD Temple Anand Patotsav
24/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Anand Gatha(anand history)
25/11/2017- Morning 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM- Swaminarayan Vishwa santi Maha yog
25/11/2017- Evening 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Swayam Sevak Sabha
26/11/2017- Morning 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM- Swaminarayan Vishwa santi Maha yog
26/11/2017- Morning 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM- Bhagavati Dixa

Pramukh Swami Bapa Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Celebration  Brahm Swarup Pramukh swami nagar, Anand-sojitra Road ,Near Anand. Date : 27/11/2017 Time : 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Pramukh Swami Maharaj 97th Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Celebration Invitation

 Pramukh Swami Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Rought Map

  Pramukh Swami Janma Jayanti Mahotsav Picture 

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Dev Diwali festival or Kartik Purnima celebrates in Varanasi India

Dev Diwali, also known as Dev Deepawali, is a festival celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, which is believed to be Diwali of Gods. The festival falls on Kartik Purnima which comes 15 days after Diwali. The day marks the end of Diwali celebration and is celebrated by lighting diyas.In Maharashtra, Dev Diwali is celebrated on the first day of Margashirsh month.Dev Diwali is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Shiva over three demons – Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha, and Viryavana. Shiva destroyed the three cities built by the demons. Hence it is also known as ‘Tripurotsav’. It is believed that on this day gods descend from heaven to Shiv’s town Kashi on the banks of Ganges to celebrate the festival.

Dev Deepavali is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Poornima when the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of Diyas (earthen lamps). Dev Deepavali, celebrated on the fifteenth day of Diwali, is a tribute to river Ganga by the people of Varanasi. Dev Deepavali is held on the full moon day in the month of Kartik (also known as Kartik Purnima) and is observed with great fanfare and feasts. It is believed that on the day of Dev Deepavali, the Gods descend on Earth. It is interesting to note that the Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

To mark the occasion and also to showcase the cultural heritage of Varanasi, the Uttar Pradesh Tourism department organizes a four-day Ganga Mahotsav around this period. A large number of Hindu devotees start assembling from the day of the Prabodhini Ekadasi (the eleventh day of the fortnight) itself. The official celebration is usually held on the Dasaswamedh Ghat. On the occasion of the Ganga Mahotsava, reputed artists and performers from all over the country come and perform, making the celebrations more eventful.

On the eve of Kartik Purnima, the number of pilgrims begins to increase manifolds and most of the pilgrims camp by the riverside. In the evening, pilgrims and local people decorate the entire riverbank with tiny earthen lamps ('Diya'). These lamps are lit as a mark of welcome to the Gods as they descend on earth. The little sparks of fire flicker elegantly and is a wonderful sight to watch. The 'Ganga-Aarti' is an important event in the evening. Almost all Ghats organize their own ceremony. Huge lamps are set ablaze and the priest holds forth the lamp as the multitude chants the hymns.

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Rann Utsav2017-18 (Desert Festival)Kutch Gujarat-Runn Utsav Starting Date of Year 2017 to 2021-Online Booking Rann Utsav Packages-About Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav or Desert festival is organize by Gujarat Tourism every year at white rann of kutch Dhordo Village just 80 Km from Bhuj Where a huge luxurious Swiss tent city develop as accommodation for tourists coming to be the part of this festival.Rann Utsav is an annually organized festival where you could get a peek into the very soul and spirit of the culture of Gujarat. Here is Some fact about Rann Utsav Kutch starting date,booking,Packages and all Information.

Rann Utsav Date of Year 2017 to 2021

➤1st November 2017 to 20th February, 2018
➤1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019
➤1st November 2019 to 28th February 2020
➤1st November 2020 to 28th February 2021
➤1st November 2021 to 28th February 2022

Some Fact about Kutch Rann Utsav

Location: Dhorado Village Kutch
Starting Date: 1st Nov every year
Ending Date: 20th February 
Where to stay: Tent city in Dhordo
Main Attraction : Hand Made Luxury tents
E Mail: rannutsavbookings@gmail.com
Rann Utsav Helpline Number
+ 91 84693 55050, 84690 95050
+ 91 79 26934052
Rann Utsav Toll Free No: 1800 270 8181
Official Website:  www.rannutsav.com
Rann Utsav Booking : Click Here
Available Packages: 1 Night, 2 Nights,3 Nights and 4 Nights
Rann Utsav Spread: Across a massive 5,00,000 sq. mt
How To Book Ran Utsav: Click Here
Rann Utsav Booking,Information about Packages and All Infoemation : click Here
Nearest Erailway Station: Bhuj Railway station(79 Km)
Nearest Airport: Bhuj Airport (79 Km)

More Information about Rann Utsav 

Rann Utsav Gujarat known as Rann of Kutch Festival or simply known as rann festival is going to be held for three month of every year in winter season. Every year Gujarat Tourism arrange kutch festival as a part of kutch tourism, at the edge of white rann of kutch the entire tent city will set-up by Gujarat tourism and thousands of tourist arrive to witness kutch rann utsav celebration from across the world.Kutch, one of the most ecologically and ethnically diverse district of the state is a celebratory land of art, crafts, music, dance, people and nature. During the full moon night of the winters amid the awe-inspiring and contrasting landscape each year a three day festive extravaganza brimming with hospitality, vigor and traditional flavor of the area is hosted and known as the Kutch or Rann Utsav.

Kutch Rann Utsav festival is organized every year during the winter season. rann of kutch festival is best enjoyed from November to February. If you missed this then you have to wait till next year. kutch rann utsav is a place worth visiting. Come and explore the rann of kutch festival. kutch rann utsav offers various events such as live performances on the special days like full moon dates / festival dates. The true beauty of white rann you can enjoy at this kutch festival. On the full moon night the white rann looks like a white snow floor with the illuminating lights of the moon. The rann of kutch festival provides you an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful place white rann in the full moon night. you can enjoy during your rann utsav stay.

Kutch or Rannutsav, a unique manifestation of varied cultural ethos of the region is known for the ethnic flavor and celebrative zest. This festival provides an exclusive opportunity to witness the creative ingenuity of the artisans and craftspeople, assorted array of folk music and performances, mixed representation of culture and communities, along with a vast diversity in ecology. All this and much more describe and define Kutch and the people.

Runn Utsav History 

Rann Utsav is a cultural and artistic extravaganza which is organized by the Gujarat Tourism Department annually. The Utsav or fair takes place at different locations within Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India. The fair showcases traditional Indian art forms of India and celebrates the distinctiveness and diversity of the Kutch district highlighting the cultural splendor of Gujarat. The fair is held every year generally on the full moon night of December. The Rann Utsav has a variety of programmes like cultural and folk dances, craftsmanship, music, carnival processions, pageantry, etc. All this is combined with the true spirit and zeal of the inhabitants of Kutch.

How to Reach Kutch Runn Utsav

By Air: The Nearest Airport is Bhuj Airport just 79 km of Kutch Rann Utsav.

By Rail: The Nearest Railway station is Bhuj Railway station just 79 km of Rann Utsav.

By Road: There are many public and private vehicles available to reach Rann Utsav Katch.

Picture Gallery of  Kutch Runn Utsav

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