Quarter 2/2013

Buddhist Holy Days and Shaving Days in Thai Calendars

Small yellow circles, dark circles and half circles on Thai calendars indicate the form of moon in the month. There are four Buddhist holy days in a month. As monks shave their head one day before the Buddhist holy days, the day is called a shaving day. The tradition of making merits on Buddhist holy days was dated back in the Sukhothai period. Aside from the monthly Buddhist holy days, there are special Buddhist holy days when Thais performed religious ceremonies to commemorate special Buddhist events.

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