Religious Holidays Quiz

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What kind of religious calendar do Buddhists observe?

  • Since Buddhism has long been identified with so many different cultural settings, there is some variation in the ways Buddhists keep track of sacred times.
  • The basic religious calendar remains tied, at least nominally, to the ancient Hindu combination of lunar and solar reckoning, but many Buddhists now observe some festivities on fixed dates.
  • The earliest Buddhists apparently did not concern themselves with marking special occurrences on their calendar.
  • In most places where Buddhism is an important presence today, the reckoning of years begins with the date of the Buddha's entry into nirvana (which coincided with his death).

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