Vap Full Moon Poya around the world in 2019

Vap Full Moon Poya around the world in 2019
Statue of Buddha in the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka.
  How long until Vap Full Moon Poya?
This holiday next takes place in 52 days.
  Dates of Vap Full Moon Poya around the world
2021 Sri LankaOct 20
Sri Lanka Wed, Oct 20National Holiday
2020 Sri LankaOct 1, Oct 30
Sri Lanka Fri, Oct 30National Holiday
Sri Lanka Thu, Oct 1National Holiday
2019 Sri LankaOct 13
Sri Lanka Sun, Oct 13National Holiday
2018 Sri LankaOct 24
Sri Lanka Wed, Oct 24National Holiday
2017 Sri LankaOct 5
Sri Lanka Thu, Oct 5National Holiday
  Summary
Marks Buddha's preaching of Abhidamma to the gods in Tavatimsa and the end of the Buddhist period of fasting

When is Vap Full Moon Poya?

This public holiday in Sri Lanka takes place on the full moon day of Vap, the seventh month in the Sinhalesecalendar. It usually falls in October in the Western calendar.

The festival Marks Buddha's preaching of Abhidamma to the gods in Tavatimsa and the end of the Buddhist period of fasting.

History of Vap Full Moon Poya

Maya, the mother of Buddha died a week after Buddha was born. She was reborn in the celestial abode of Tavatimsa as a god named Santusita. To honour his mother, Buddha ascended to the Tavatimsa Heaven and preached from the Abhidamma texts to Santusita for three months.

Buddhist Lent begins on Esala Full Moon Poya (July) and lasts for three months. During this time, Monks will stay inside their temples and rely on alms from devotees. The full moon in Vap marks Buddha's return to earth and signifies the end of Buddhist Lent.

What are Poya?

Every full moon (usually one a month) is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Each of the full moons have its own name and they are days to commemorate key events in Buddhism.

These full moon days are known as Poya. The Poya dates will change each year and certain Poya dates may be a day before or after the date of the full moon.

On Poya days, shops and businesses will usually close and the sale of alcohol and meat is forbidden.

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