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List of Buddhist Holidays in 2021

Date Day Festival
Jan 28, 2021 Thursday Mahayana New Year
Feb 11 or 12, 2021 Thursday or Friday Losar
Feb 15, 2021 Monday Parinirvana Day
Feb 27, 2021 Saturday Magha Puja Day, Sangha Day
Mar 28, 2021 Sunday Avalokitesvara’s Birthday
Apr 27, 2021 Tuesday Theravada New Year
May 26, 2021 Wednesday Vesak, Buddha Purnima
Jul 06, 2021 Tuesday Dalai Lama’s Birthday
Jul 24, 2021 Saturday Asalha Puja
Jul 24, 2021 Saturday Guru Purnima
Aug 13, 2021 Friday Bon Festival
Oct 14, 2021 Thursday Dhammachakra Pravartan Day
Oct 20, 2021 Wednesday Pavarana Day
Oct 27, 2021 Wednesday Lhabab Duchen
Nov 20, 2021 Saturday Loi Krathong
Dec 8, 2021 Wednesday Bodhi Day

2021 Buddhist Holidays in Buddhism

Buddhism as a religion encompasses a multitude of beliefs, traditions, and spiritual practices based on the preachings of Lord Buddha. Buddhism came into existence in India somewhere between 6 and 4 Centuries BCE as a Sramana Tradition. Buddhism is considered to be the fourth largest religion observed worldwide with its followers called Buddhists. Buddhism preaches about the impact of non-violence and wisdom and overcoming the cycle of rebirth and death by attaining Nirvana. Buddhist Calendar 2021 is based on such teachings and elements and provides a detailed list of the 2021 Buddhist Holidays in India.

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Buddhist Festivals 2021 as per Buddhist Calendar 2021

Here are some of the important 2021 Buddhist Festivals and other events mentioned in the table of Buddhist Holidays 2021 in India.

Parinirvana Day

Parinirvana Day, also as Nirvana Day, is known to be one of the significant Buddhist Holidays 2021 in India. It is believed that it was on this day when Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana, i.e. complete Nirvana after the death of his physical body. On the day of Parinirvana Day, the followers of Buddhism recite several passages from Nirvana Sutra describing Gautam Buddha’s last days of life. Religious observances include Meditation, and paying a visit to Buddhist monasteries and temples.

Lhabab Duchen

One of the popular Buddhist Festivals in 2021 is Lhabab Düchen, a religious event commemorating the descent of Lord Buddha from Trāyastriṃśa Heaven down to Earth. This festival is celebrated as per Tibetan traditions. On this day, several prayers and virtuous activities are performed by Indian natives following Buddhism by visiting the temples and monasteries and lighting incense.


One of the first and main 2021 Buddhist Holidays as per the Buddhist Calendar 2021 is Losar, popularly known as the Tibetian New Year since this is an important occurrence in Tibetan Buddhism. This day commemorates the first day of the Lunisolar Tibetian Calendar. Buddhist families clean and decorate their homes with flowers and paints, prepare several branches of trees such as Cedar, Juniper, Rhododendron, etc. for burning incense, and resolve the enmity. Special delicacies are prepared for this occasion, such as Chang or Barley Beer and much more.

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Budhha Purnima

The second festival on the list of Buddhist Festivals in 2021 is Buddha Purnima. Buddha Purnima Date in 2021 falls on 26 May, Wednesday. This day marks the birth of the divine Lord Buddha, who was formerly known as Siddhartha Gautum. In several parts of Asia, his birth anniversary is celebrated as a part of Vesak, a festival that honors Lord Buddha’s death and enlightenment.

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day is known as one of the significant Buddhist Holidays in 2021 as per Busshist Calendar 2021, and celebrates the day when Lord Buddha attained enlightenment or Bodhi in Sanskrit. It is believed that Siddhartha Gautama performed years ascetic practices by sitting under a Peepal Tree (called as Bodhi Tree) until he found the root cause of all the worldly sufferings and ways to attain liberation. People recite religious scriptures, chant Buddhist texts and act kindly towards others.

Dhammachakra Pravartan Day

Dhammachakra Pravartan Day comes under the list of Buddhist Holidays in 2021, and come together to show their support the act of conversion performed by B. R. Ambedkar to Buddhism. This day is celebrated on a grand scale at Deekshabhoomi an comes under the list of 2021 Buddhist Holidays.

We hope that the list of Buddhist holidays 2021 in India proves to be helpful for you. May you have a great year ahead!!