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Poya
Poya
is the name given to the Lunar monthly Buddhist holiday of Uposatha
Uposatha
in Sri Lanka, where it is a civil and bank holiday. Full moon day is normally considered as the poya day in every month. The 2018 dates are January 1, January 14, March 1, March 31, April 29, May 29, June 27, July 27, August 25, September 24, October 24, November 22, and December 22.[1] Poya[edit] A Poya
Poya
occurs every full moon.[2][3] Uposatha
Uposatha
is important to Buddhists all around the world, who have adopted the lunar calendar for their religious observances. Owing to the moon's fullness of size as well as its effulgence, the full moon day is treated as the most auspicious of the four lunar phases occurring once every lunar month (29.5 days) and thus marked by a holiday.[4] Every full moon day is known as a Poya
Poya
in the Sinhala language; this is when a practicing Sinhalese Buddhist visits a temple for religious observances.[4] There are 13 or 14 Poyas per year.[5][6] The term poya is derived from the Pali and Sanskrit
Sanskrit
work uposatha (from upa + vas "to fast"), primarily signifying "fast day".[4] Generally shops and businesses are closed on Poya
Poya
days, and the sale of alcohol and meat is forbidden. The Poya
Poya
Day in each month generally falls on the Gregorian date of the full moon but occasionally it falls a day either side. The designated Poya
Poya
Day is based on the phase of the moon at the Madhyahana time of day (the variant of Madhyahana which only covers two ghatikas).[citation needed] This is analogous to the rules that govern the date of Ganesh Chaturthi.[clarification needed]

Month Poya
Poya
Name[2][5]

January Duruthu Poya

February Navam Poya

March Medin Poya

April Bak Poya

May Vesak Poya

June Poson Poya

July Esala Poya

August [[Nikini Poya]]

September Binara Poya

October [[Vap Poya]]

November Il Poya

December Unduvap Poya

If a month has two Poya
Poya
days, the name of the second one will be preceded by ”Adhi” (”extra” in Sinhala) as in ”Adhi Vesak”, ”Adhi Poson”, etc. See also[edit]

List of Buddhist festivals Mid-Autumn Festival, similar Chinese/Vietnamese Buddhist festival occurring on the day of the full moon. Tshechu, similar concept in Bhutan however revolves around the tenth day of a lunar month.

Notes[edit]

^ https://publicholidays.lk/2018-dates/ ^ a b " Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Bank Holidays, Public Holidays & Full Moon Poya Days" Archived 2011-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. (Online Calendar for years 2003–2011), Ministry of Public Administration and home Affairs, Independence Square, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. ^ "Sri Lank Desk Calendar - 2013, Buddhist Era 2556-2557" (PDF). Department of Government Printing. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.  ^ a b c A.G.S. Kariyawasam, "Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka" (Ch. 3), The Wheel Publication No. 402/404 (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1995). Access to Insight, 1 March 2011 ^ a b For a standard listing of the 13, see The Significance of Poya. ^ For an example of the less common 14 full moon days in one year, see the 2009 calendar Archived 2011-01-24 at the Wayback Machine. of "Sri Lanka Bank Holidays, Public Holidays & Full Moo

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