Buddha's Birthday in South Korea

South Korea National Holiday in South Korea

Buddha's Birthday
Statue of Buddha in a temple in Seoul, South Korea

When is Buddha's Birthday in South Korea?

How long until Buddha's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 340 Days.
What date is Buddha's Birthday?
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday April 30th
2019 Sunday May 12th
2018 Tuesday May 22nd
2017 Wednesday May 3rd
2016 Saturday May 14th
2015 Monday May 25th
Local name
Seokga tansinil
Lantern parades are held for Buddhas Birthday which is celebrated in late April or early May
Who observes Buddha's Birthday on this day?
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Macau Macau
South Korea South Korea

Buddha's Birthday is celebrated in late April or early May.

In Korea, the date of the birthday of Buddha is determined by the Lunisolar calendar. In South Korea, this holiday is also known as 'Seokga tansinil'.

Buddha's Birthday in South Korea

Buddha's birthday is a public holiday in South Korea, even though less than 20 per cent of South Koreans identify as Buddhists.

The holiday is marked with lantern festivals and temples open their doors offering visitors free tea and a meal of rice and vegetables called bibimbab.

In Seoul, there is an evening parade from Tapgol Park to Jogyesa on the Sunday prior to the actual holiday.

History of Buddha's Birthday

Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, was born in India 3,000 years ago.

There are various opinions concerning the exact dates of his birth and death, but according to Buddhist tradition, he is said to have been born April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although other Buddhist scholars place his birth five hundred years later.

Shakyamuni Buddha was the son of the king of the Shakyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located at the foothills of the Himalayas, south of what is now central Nepal, fifteen miles from Kapilavastu. Shakya of Shakyamuni is taken from the name of this tribe and muni means sage or saint. His family name was Gautama (Best Cow) and his given name was Siddhartha (Goal Achieved) though some scholars say this is a title bestowed on him by later Buddhists in honour of the enlightenment he attained.

Even though many Buddhists observe Buddha's historical birth on April 8, the exact date remains in question. Although modern archeological and historical research confirms that Prince Siddartha Gotama lived around this time

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