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Poya-Uposatha-Observance Day Calendar for 2012:


Month January February March April May June July August September October November December
Full moon

8

7

7

6 5

4

3 1

29

29

27 27
New moon

23

21 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 15 13 13

Full Moon Poya Days: Uposatha 8 Rule Observance!

January 8 Duruthu: Buddha first visit to Ceylon at Mahiyangana Stupa, which contains hair & collarbone relics.
February 7 Navam: At this day Buddha ordains Sāriputta and MahāMoggallāna and later decides his Parinibbāna.
March 7 Medin: Buddha visits parents home after Enlightenment, and ordains his son Rāhula, & half brother Nanda.
April 6 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 Gotama.
June 4 Poson: Emperor Asoka's son, the Arahat Mahinda, introduces Buddhism to Ceylon in the 3rd century B.C.
July 3 Esala: Buddha preaches 1st Sermon: Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta & performs the famous Twin Miracle.
August 1 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.
October 29 Vap: Marks the end of the Bhikkhu's three months rains retreat and begins Kathina month of giving robes.
November 27 Il: Celebrates the Buddha Gotama's explanation of the next Buddha Metteyya & Breathing Meditation.
December 27 Unduwap: Arrival in Ceylon of a sapling of the sacred Bodhi-tree, brought by Arahat Theri Sanghamitta.

  Keeping the 8 vows on Poya days is the Way to Divine Being at Death!