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Buddhist New Year

Buddhist New Year

Buddhists celebrate the New Year with great joy and spirit at different times according to country, culture and tradition. Some Mahayana Buddhists and Theravada Buddhists celebrate it on the full moon day of January, usually mid-month. Most mark the New Year on the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) or the secular date, January 1. In Tibet it is a month later and in Southeast Asia, New Year is in April. 

Celebrations may include exchanging gifts, feasts with family and friends, visiting temples, meditation and prayer, fireworks, visiting temples, and lighting candles and lanterns to bring in good luck for the coming year. 

 

 

Buddhist New Year