Hong Kong Buddha's Birthday around the world in 2021

Hong Kong Buddha's Birthday around the world in 2021
The Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Image via Wikimedia Commons

  How long until Hong Kong Buddha's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 278 days.
  Dates of Hong Kong Buddha's Birthday around the world
2022 Hong KongMay 8
Hong Kong Sun, May 8National Holiday
2021 Hong KongMay 19
Hong Kong Wed, May 19National Holiday
2020 Hong KongApr 30
Hong Kong Thu, Apr 30National Holiday
2019 Hong KongMay 13
Hong Kong Mon, May 13National Holiday
2018 Hong KongMay 22
Hong Kong Tue, May 22National Holiday
General not 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.

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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