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13 May 2019 | 06:26 AM UTC

Asia: Birth of Buddha celebrated around May 18-20

Bangladesh News Alert

Several countries in South and Southeast Asia to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, also known as Vesak Day, on or around May 18; government and business disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal


Several countries in South and Southeast Asia will celebrate Buddha's birthday, often called Vesak Day or a similar variation, around Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19. Many countries will observe public holidays on Monday, May 20. Countries with public holidays for Vesak Day include Indonesia, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India. Disruptions to business and government activity are expected. 


Individuals in the abovementioned countries are advised to respect local customs and anticipate disruptions to government services and commercial activity.


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