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Buddhist Observation Days for 2017 (Thai year 2560)

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Introduction on Buddhist Observation Days

The Observance Days are based on the traditional Buddhist calendar of new, full and quarter moons. During new and full moon days, or Uposatha Days, monks would gather to listen to the recitation of the Patimokkha rules. The weekly observance of the quarter moon is when lay devotees gather in the local monastery to observe the precept more strictly and listen to and speak about Dhamma. The basic, minimum standard is the 5 precepts for practicing lay Buddhists. However on Observance days (or other special occasion) they may decide to train under the Eight Precepts, which brings them closer to how the monk or nun practices.

Below are list of Buddhist observance day for year 2017 (Thai year 2560)

JANUARY 2017 (มกราคม 2560)

  • 5 (Thu)
  • 12 (Thu)- Full Moon
  • 20 (Fri)
  • 27 (Fri)- New Moon

FEBRUARY 2017 (กุมภาพันธ์ 2560)

MARCH 2017 (มีนาคม 2560)

  • 5 (Sun)
  • 12 (Sun)- Full Moon
  • 20 (Mon)
  • 27 (Mon)- New Moon

APRIL 2017 (เมษายน 2560)

  • 4 (Tue)
  • 11 (Tue)- Full Moon
  • 19 (Wed)
  • 25 (Tue)- New Moon

MAY 20167 (พฤษภาคม 2560)

JUNE 2017 (มิถุนายน2560)

  • 2 (Fri)
  • 9 (Fri) – Full Moon
  • 17 (Sat)
  • 23 (Fri) – New Moon

JULY 2017 (กรกฎาคม 2560)

AUGUST 2017 (สิงหาคม 2560)

  • 7 (Mon)- Full Moon
  • 15 (Tue)
  • 21 (Mon)- New Moon
  • 29 (Tue)

SEPTEMBER 2017 (กันยายน 2560)

  • 5 (Tue)- Full Moon
  • 13 (Wed)
  • 20 (Wed)- New Moon
  • 28 (Thu)

OCTOBER 2017 (ตุลาคม 2560)

  • 5 (Thu)- Full Moon
  • 13 (Fri)
  • 19 (Thu)- New Moon
  • 27 (Fri)

NOVEMBER 2017  (พฤศจิกายน 2560)

  • 3 (Fri)- Full Moon
  • 11 (Sat)
  • 18 (Sat)- New Moon
  • 26 (Sun)

DECEMBER 2017 (ธันวาคม 2560)

  • 3 (Sun) – Full Moon
  • 11 (Mon)
  • 17 (Sun)- New Moon
  • 25 (Mon)

The dates above are based on the Thai calendar. You may notice that the dates may differ slightly to the new and full moon days of the Chinese lunar calendar.

A day prior to the new/full moon observance day, the nuns will shave their hair. And on each observance day, the nuns and 8 preceptors would gather together for chanting. The schedule changes- sometimes Khun Mae may ask for then to chant together.

Still, Khun Mae has said, everyday is a good day for practice- it should be now, in the present instead of planning for the future, in which is not certain.

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