|April 13, 2011|
Buddhist New Years Thailand In countries where Theravada Buddhism is found like Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia, the Buddhist New Years is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. Buddhist New Years are dependent on culture and backgrounds of the people too but usually the specific dates are dependent on the lunar calendar and full moons. In 2011 this date will be Wednesday April 13th – had it fallen on a weekend this year, time would be taken off from either side of that weekend to accommodate for it. It being on a Wednesday this year means that the entire week will full of people taking either part of the week off to fully appreciate this fantastical day.
Buddhist New Year is also the beginning of Songkran – a water festival and celebration of New Year which engulfs most of South East Asia at its hottest period of the year.