Buddhist Calendar

This calendar is meant specifically for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. It shows the cycle of twelve months according to the Tibetan lunar calendar together with the corresponding months and days of the Western calendar.

The regular holy days as well as special days of Tibetan and Buddhist festivals are indicated. Although every day of the year is a special day for the practice of Dharma, the selection made here is on the bases of giving priority to the most important ones.

  • Earth-Earth

    The double encounter of earth brings power together. Power lets all wishes be achieved.

  • Water-Water

    The double encounter of water brings nectar together. Nectar increases life‘s force

  • Earth-Water

    The encounter of earth with water brings youth together. Youth brings great happiness.

  • Fire-Fire

    The double encounter of fire brings increase together. This will increase food and wealth.

  • Wind-Wind

    The double encounter of wind brings perfection together. Perfection brings quick accomplishment of
    one‘s wishes.

  • Fire-Wind

    The encounter of fire and wind brings strength together. Strength brings all good omens.

  • Earth-Wind

    The encounter of earth and wind brings incompatibility. Incompatibility exhausts food and wealth.

  • Water-Wind

    The encounter of water and wind
    brings disharmony together. Disharmony separates friends.

  • Earth-Fire

    The encounter of earth and fire brings burning together. Burning creates suffering.

  • Fire-Water

    The encounter of fire and water brings death. Death robs life away.

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Those days are very special days for the practice of Dharma. Any positive or negative actions performed on these days have a strong multiplying effect.


Chotrul Duechen

Day of Buddha Shakyamuni‘s Great Miracles.

Saga Dawa

This means ‚Month of Saga‘, which is the fourth month of the lunar calendar. On the full moon day of this month, Buddha Shakyamuni showed his deed of taking birth, attaining enlightenment, and going into Parinirvana.

Choekor Duechen

Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time.

Lha Bab Duechen:

Buddha Shakyamuni‘s return from the realm of the devas.

Gaden Ngamchoe

Day of Je Tsongkhapa‘s Parinirvana.

Parinirvana days

The days of passing away.

Trungkar days

Birthdays of masters.



Tibetan New Year. First day of the lunar calendar. It is celebrated in every auspicious and joyous way.

Zam Ling Chi Sang

Day of the Sang-Offering (ritual smoke-offering) to all the Protectors.

Sangpo Chuzom

The Day of the Ten Good Omens. This is a day for transforming all inauspicious situations into auspicious ones. Special day for merrymaking.



This special astrological constellation causes the natural water-sources on earth to be transformed into nectar-like liquids. It is therefore particularly beneficial to take baths on these days.

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