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Four Major Buddhist Festivals in Tibetan Calendar

There are four major special Buddhist days or "Festivals" (Düchen in Tibetan ) in a year which relate to the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. During these days, it is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times, so practice Dharma, be a vegetarian and perform positive virtuous deeds are strongly advised.

Chotrul Düchen (Wyl. cho 'phrul dus chen),
The 'Festival of Miracles' — one of the four major Buddhist holidays. On the first full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first month in Tibetan calendar, is called Bumgyur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year marks the anniversary of Buddha displayed different miracles in 15 days to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples. The final day of this 15-day period is known as Chötrul Düchen, day of Miracles.

Saga Dawa festival:
Saga Dawa (Tibetan) is the most significant event of the year for Buddhists as three of the most essential events in Buddha’s life happened during this month. Saga is “million”; Dawa is “moon”. Thus, Saga Dawa is the million multiplier month. Each day, our activities, good or bad, are multiplied one million times. More specifically, Saga Dawa includes two important days in the Tibetan calendar. The first is the Wesak day on which we celebrate the Birth of Buddha. The second is Saga Dawa Duchen, which was celebrated on the 15th or full moon of the 4th month of Tibetan calendar. It marks Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment at the age of 35 under a Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India. It also marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s paranirvana. At the age of 80, Buddha Shakyamuni performed his last deed of entering into Parinirvana in Kushinagar. These happened on the same date. Saga Dawa is a good time to strengthen our intention through enhanced awareness and practice.

Chökhor Düchen:
On the 4th of the 6th month of Tibetan calender , the "First Turning of Dharma Wheel " (first teaching) is celebrated. For the first seven weeks after his Enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he then gave his first teachings on the Four Noble Truths at Sarnath, India.

Lha Bab Düchen:
On the 22nd of the 9th month of Tibetan calender , Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from Tushita Heaven (Heaven of 33rd) is celebrated. Buddha's mother had been reborn in Indra's heaven. To repay her kindness and to benefit the beings in the god realm, Buddha spent three months teaching in the Heaven of Tushita. Buddha’s followers and lay people missed him and eagerly await his teachings. Ven. Moggallana was requested to ascent to Tushita Heaven, as a representative, he heartily invited Buddha to descent to Sankasa. Three ladders dropped down, with the accompany of Mahabrahman and Lords of Devaloka, Buddha came back to earth after preaching to his mother. Since then Vajrayana marked this as one of the four Buddhist days.