Buddha first visit to Ceylon
Mahiyangana Stupa, which contains hair & collarbone relics.
Navam: At this day Buddha ordains
and later decides his Parinibbāna.
Medin: Buddha visits parents home
after Enlightenment, and ordains his son Rāhula,
& half brother Nanda.
Bak: Buddha's second visit to Ceylon, at Nagadipa close to Jaffna in the
5th year after his Enlightenment.
May 5 Wesak: This Sacred Day celebrates
the birth, Enlightenment, and
passing away of the Blessed Buddha
Asoka's son, the Arahat
Mahinda, introduces Buddhism to
Ceylon in the 3rd century B.C.
Buddha preaches 1st Sermon:
Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta & performs the famous
Nikini: Bhikkhus who
did not enter the yearly rains retreat (Vassa) at Esala Poya, are allowed
to enter now.
September 29 Binara:
Start of Bhikkhuni
Sangha by the ordination of
Queen Mahāpajāpatī; the Buddha's foster-mother.
Vap: Marks the
end of the Bhikkhu's three
months rains retreat and begins Kathina month of giving robes.
November 27 Il: Celebrates the
explanation of the next
in Ceylon of a sapling of the
Bodhi-tree, brought by Arahat Theri