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Buddhist Festivals 2017 - 2018 Calendar

Buddhist Festivals Around the World

Millions of people across the planet Earth are pursuing the divine trail Buddhism founder Buddha Shakyamuni blazed over 2,000 years ago. From Japan to the United States, people are practicing Buddhism with love, peace and wisdom. And many cities celebrate this religion at festivals. There’s Esala Perahera in Getambe, Sri Lanka, one of the oldest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka; and there’s Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) in Seoul, South Korea, where monks dance, lanterns glow and the celebration is capped with the Daedong Celebration. Many cities celebrate Obon festivals that feature Bon Odori dancing. And since this beautiful, peaceful religion is worldwide, it might be easier than you’d expect to find a Buddhist festival nearby.

Yeon Deung Hoe Seoul, South Korea
Waisak Magelang, Indonesia
Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi Honolulu, HI
BuddhaFest Beverly Hills, CA
Buu Mon Garden Festival Port Arthur, TX
Portland Buddhist Festival Portland, OR
Gangneung Danoje Gangneung, South Korea
San Mateo Buddhist Temple Bazaar San Mateo, CA
Fresno Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Fresno, CA
Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Celebration Sacramento, CA
San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival San Jose, CA
Gujō Odori Gujō, Japan
Hemis Gompa Festival Jammu, India
Lotus and Water Lily Cultural Festival Washington, DC
Seattle Betsuin Bon Odori Festival Seattle, WA
Esala Perahera Getambe, Sri Lanka

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Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon Festival Las Vegas, NV
Oakland Obon Festival Oakland, CA
Stockton Obon Odori & Cultural Bazaar Stockton, CA
Shinzen Friendship Garden Toro Nagashi Fresno, CA
San Diego Bon Odori San Diego, CA
Ginza Festival Chicago, IL
Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival & Bon Odori Gardena, CA
Awa Odori Tokushima, Japan
Pensacola Bon Odori Festival Pensacola, FL
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri Okayama, Japan
Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple New Year Celebration Stockton, CA
US Kadampa Festival New York, NY

Upcoming Buddhist Festivals

Festival NameDateLocation
Yeon Deung HoeApr 28 - May 7, 2017Seoul, South Korea
WaisakMay 11, 2017Magelang, Indonesia
Lantern Floating HawaiʻiMay 29, 2017Honolulu, HI
BuddhaFestJun 2-4, 2017Beverly Hills, CA
Buu Mon Garden FestivalJun 3-4, 2017Port Arthur, TX
Portland Buddhist FestivalJun 3, 2017Portland, OR
Esala PeraheraJul 29 - Aug 8, 2017Getambe, Sri Lanka
Awa OdoriAug 12-15, 2017Tokushima, Japan
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka MatsuriFeb 17, 2018Okayama, Japan

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