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First Sermon of Lord Buddha

First Sermon of Lord Buddha 2024, 2025 and 2026 in Bhutan

In the very Buddhist nation of Bhutan, First Sermon of Lord Buddha Day is a national public holiday. The day is celebrated according to the Buddhist Calendar, on the fourth day of the sixth month. The date can vary on the Western, Gregorian Calendar.

202410 JulWedFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
202528 JulMonFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
202618 JulSatFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
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There are a number of different holidays that mark events in the life of Buddha. The commemoration of the delivery of his first sermon in the town of Sarnatha is widely celebrated in Bhutan. Thousands of people visit religious shrines on this day and seek to receive blessings and enlightenment from Buddha.

Buddha’s real name is Siddhartha Gautam. He was born into royalty as a prince of India. He was isolated from suffering in the palace growing up, but when he ventured out and saw it at age 29, he left his old life to become an ascetic.

Six years later, he is said to have obtained enlightenment and understanding of the true causes of human suffering along with the cures. He codified these ideas in the “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism. The day he began teaching such doctrines to the world is commemorated as First Sermon of Lord Buddha Day.

Previous Years

202321 JulFriFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
20221 AugMonFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha