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Festivals and Holidays

The 8th Day of the 4th Month of the Lunar Calendar is celebrated in many East Asian countries as the birthday of Buddha. It is an official holiday in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea. It falls on Wednesday 3 May in 2017.


Big Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Po Lin Monastery.
The Birthday of Buddha, a.k.a. Buddha's Birthday, has been an official holiday in Hong Kong since 1998, when it replaced the Queen's Birthday as one of the city's official bank holidays.

On Buddha's Birthday, Buddhist devotees make pilgrimages to Buddhist temples throughout the former British Crown Colony, where they bathe statues of the Buddha in bowls of water.

The ritual is thought to cleanse the soul.

One of the biggest celebrations will be at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home of the Big Buddha.


Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Telephone: (852) 2985-5248. 

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