Feb Tue 7
Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arahants.
Feb Wed 8
Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.
Feb Wed 15
Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.
Apr Fri 6
Theravada New Year
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April
May Sat 5
The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. Pictures of Wesak celebrations in Manchester
Jul Tue 3
The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.
Dec Sat 8
On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.