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Mongolia Adds Buddha Day As Public Holiday

Source: Montsame Agency (Ulaanbaatar)
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: May 26, 2020

The Mongolian Parliament has approved amendments to the law on public holidays of Mongolia, whereby Buddha Day, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, will be a new annual public holiday in Mongolia, beginning on June 5, 2020.

A couple of months ago (2019-10-23), we had reported that the Mongolian Parliamentary State Structure Standing Committee had backed a draft bill, presented by MP D.Oyunkhorol, to declare Buddha Day (Vesak) as a new annual non-working public holiday in Mongolia.

In the motivation for the aforementioned bill, Oyunkhorol stated that the majority of Mongolians are Buddhists.

At the time, according to Mongolian media reports, this new Buddha Day public holiday of Mongolia, if approved, was reported as occurring for the first time on May 7, 2020.

But we noted, in our post of last October 23, that we felt that June 5, 2020, was more likely, if based on the Tögs Buyant Mongolian lunar calendar, rather than the simplistic "Day of the Full Moon in the month of May" rule mentioned in these same media reports.

Recall that both the Tsagaan Sar and the Chinggis Khaan (2012-11-08 and 2012-10-28) annual public holidays of Mongolia are based on the Tögs Buyant Mongolian lunar calendar.

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