The Birthday of the Buddha in Hong Kong in 2025

The Birthday of the Buddha in Hong Kong in 2025
The Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Image via Wikimedia Commons
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  Dates of The Birthday of the Buddha in Hong Kong
2025 Hong Kong Mon, May 5 National Holiday
2024 Hong Kong Wed, May 15 National Holiday
2023 Hong Kong Fri, May 26 National Holiday
2022 Hong Kong Mon, May 9 National Holiday
2021 Hong Kong Wed, May 19 National Holiday

Statutory. The Buddha's Birthday was only made a holiday in 1998

When is Buddha's Birthday in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Buddha's Birthday is a public holiday celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. 

As part of changes to the number of statutory holidays, The Buddha's Birthday became a statutory holiday from 2022. The Buddha's Birthday was only made a holiday in 1998 following the Handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China in 1997.

Traditions of Buddha's Birthday in Hong Kong

While there are many Buddhist temples in Hong Kong who will hold special ceremonies on this day, probably the best place to visit is the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau, which houses the world's largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha. Though be prepared to wait several hours to travel in the cable car on busy days such as Buddha's Birthday and other public holidays.

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 8th 1029 BC and died on February 15th 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 8th, the exact date remains in question. Although modern archaeological and historical research confirms that Prince Siddartha Gotama lived around this time.

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