NAME OF FESTIVAL
|Spituk||Spituk Gustor||JAN 9-10||JAN 28-29|
|Leh, Likir, Diskit||Dosmochey||FEB 8-9||FEB 27-28|
|Yargon||Tungshak||FEB 13-14||MAR 4-5|
|Stok||Guru Tse-Chu||FEB 19-20||MAR 10-11|
|Matho||Nagrang||FEB 24-25||MAR 15-16|
|Leh||Buddha Purnima||MAY 25||JUNE 13|
|Sindhu Ghat, Leh||Sindhu Darshan||JUNE 1-3||JUNE 1-3|
|Lamayuru||Yuru-Kabgyat||JUNE 5-6||JUNE 24-25|
|Hemis||Guru Tse-Chu||JUNE 18-19||JULY 7-8|
|Stongdey, Zanskar||Gustor||JUNE 26-27||JULY 15-16|
|Karsha, Zanskar||Gustor||JULY 6-7||JULY 24-25|
|Shashukul||Gustor||JULY 6-7||JULY 24-25|
|Phyang||Tsedup||JULY 6-7||JULY 24-25|
|Korzok, Tsomoriri||Gustor||JULY 11-12||JULY 30-31|
|Thag-Thog, Sakti||Tse-Chu||JULY 18-19||AUG 6-7|
|Sani, Zanskar||Naszal||JULY 21-22||AUG 9-10|
|Leh||Ladakh Festival||SEPT 1-15||SEPT 1-15|
|Deskit, Nubra||Gustor||NOV 1-2||OCT 21-22|
|Thiksey||Gustor||NOV 20-21||NOV 9-10|
|Chemde||Wanchuk||NOV 30-DEC 01||NOV 20-21|
|All Ladakh||Galdan Namchot||DEC 27||DEC 16|
|JAN 02||DEC 22|
Approved by Thubstan Shanfan, Astrologer (Leh)
BUDDHA PURNIMA or BUDDHA JAYANTI or VESAK, this year on MAY 25th:
Buddha Purnima is the most sacred festival in Buddhism celebrating the birthday of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It falls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month (month of Vaisakh) i.e. April or May. This day is a three-fold day of blessing as it commemorates three important events in Buddha's life:
- His birth in 623 BC.
- His enlightment i.e. attainment of supreme wisdom, in 588 BC.
- His attainment of Nirvana i.e. the complete extinction of his self at the age of 80.
Gautam Buddha "lived and died in about the fifth century before the Christian era". Buddha means "enlightened one" - someone who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions.
Gautam Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are solely to liberate human beings from the misery and sufferings of life.
According to Buddhism, sorrow and desire are the main cause of all the evil and suffering of this world. Lord Buddha advocated the Eightfold Path consisting of precepts like right conduct, right motive, right speech, right effort, right resolve, right livelihood, right attention and right meditation to gain mastery over suffering. It is only after following this path one can reach the ultimate aim of Nirvana. Nirvana is the transcendental state of complete liberation. Gautama Buddha lived and taught in northern Inda in the 6th Century B.C.
Buddha travelled far and wide teaching hundreds of followers. Even after death his disciples continued to spread his teachings.
Rich and poor alike were attracted by the simplicity of Buddha's teaching and his emphasis on complete equality of all, a notion antithetical to the existing Hindu caste system. The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka espoused the Buddhist religion in the 3rd century B.C. and helped in spreading it far and wide. Sarnath and Bodhgaya are two of the most important pilgrimage centres for the Buddhists.
Though Buddhism originated in India and the religion has gained tremendous popularity throughout the Far East in Asia, there are very few practising Buddhists in the country. The number of Buddhists in the world ranges "from less than two hundred million, to more than five hundred million, with the lower number closer to reality."
THE LADAKH FESTIVAL 2012
LADAKH FESTIVAL CALENDAR 2012
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