Descending Day of Lord of Buddha in Bhutan Date in the current year: November 20, 2016

Descending Day of Lord of Buddha in Bhutan Descending Day of Lord of Buddha, or Lhabab Düchen, is one of the ancient festivals in Bhutan. It has no fixed date in the Gregorian calendar and the day of celebration may occur through November.

Lhabab Düchen is celebrated on the 22nd day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. According to the legend, Buddha descended back to earth on this day.

Buddha ascended to Trayastrimsa (the Heaven of Thirty-Three) at the age of 41 in order to give his teachings to the gods and liberate his mother from Samsara. His disciple Maudgalyayana begged him to return to earth, and after a long debate Buddha agreed to do it. Vishwakarma, the god of machines, prepared special three ladders of gold and gems for Buddha to descend and this event took place on the 22nd day of the ninth month.

Tibetan Buddhists spend Descending Day of Lord of Buddha praying. They believe this festival to be one of the most important, since all positive or negative actions of this day are multiplied 10 million times. The festival of Lhabab Düchen lasts for seven days, the first day is a public holiday.

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