13 November, 2014- National Holiday on Lhabab Duechen

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 is a National Holiday in Bhutan to observe this very holy day- Lhabab Duechen or the Descending Day of Lord Buddha. Lhabab Duechen. is celebrated on the 22nd day of the 9th Lunar month of the Bhutanese calendar. The day is celebrated to mark the Anniversary of Lord Buddha’s descent from the realm of Heaven to Earth on this day.

History says that Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and His mother expired after 7 days. Therefore 6 years after attaining enlightenment at the age of 41, He ascended to Tushita heaven (the Realm of the Divas), which is still part of Samsara (the cycle of birth, death and rebirth) on the 15th day of the 6th month of the Lunar calender to preach to his mother. He went there to teach his mother so she could break free from Samsara because he wanted to repay her kindness towards him.

When He was preaching to his mother along with the Gods and Goddesses in Heaven, people on Earth were worried because they did not know where the Buddha was. Then, Buddha’s disciple, the clairvoyant Sharibu, had a vision of the Lord in Heaven.

Following the request of all the devotees, another disciple of Lord Buddha, Maogyel Gebu, who was known to possess miraculous powers, ascended to Heaven on the 15th day of the ninth month of the Lunar calender and requested the Buddha to return to Earth.

Lord Buddha descended to Earth on the 22nd day of the 9th month. The Descending Day of Lord Buddha is the Celebration of His return to Earth from Heaven.

– ICS

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