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Mongolia Considering Buddha Day Public Holiday

Source: Montsame Agency (Ulaanbaatar)
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019


The Mongolian Parliamentary State Structure Standing Committee has backed a draft bill, presented by MP D.Oyunkhorol, that would declare Buddha Day (Vesak) as a new annual non-working public holiday in Mongolia.

In the motivation for the aforementioned bill, Oyunkhorol states that the majority of Mongolians are Buddhists. This new Buddha Day public holiday of Mongolia, if approved, would occur for the first time on May 7, 2020, according to Mongolian media reports, although we feel that June 5, 2020, is 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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