Bodhi Day

Rohatsu/ Laba/ Bodhi Day: December 8



Rohatsu, Laba and Bodhi Day are all different names for the celebration of the Enlightenment of the the Buddha.

In much of the world is is known as Bodhi Day. In China it is known as the festival of Laba, while in Japan it is known as Rohatsu.

The religion known as Buddhism dates back to the 6th or 5th Century BCE, when the Indian Prince Siddhartha Gautama became the “Buddha,” literally, “the Enlightened One.” The followers of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism observe Rohatsu, Laba, or Bodhi Day, in celebration of the day that the Buddha sat below the Bodhi Tree and meditated on the meaning of life. 

The Great Buddha at  KĊtoku-in, Kamakura, Japan
source: Wikimedia Commons; Bgabel at wikivoyage shared, CC BY-SA 3.0

This day is celebrated mainly by the Buddhists of northern and eastern Asia, and in countries to which those people have immigrated (such as Canada). To many this holiday is known as Bodhi Day and it occurs on the 8th day of the 12th month of the lunar year. With the Japanese adoption of the western calendar (Gregorian) Rohatsu is fixed on December 8th.

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Asian Canadians

Asia is a big place. Really big. Today nearly 2 in 3 human beings live in Asia. That’s over 4 billion people. Asia is the biggest continent by area, divided into many regions and nearly 50 different countries.

Nearly 20% of Canadians trace their family heritage to Asia. Some are recent immigrants while some families have been here for generations. Canadians of Asian descent have brought a multitude of languages, beliefs, histories and cultural practices to contribute to Canada as we know it today.

During the month of May we will be celebrating the great contributions of Canadians of Asian Heritage to the development of our country. We will also look at the many contributions of Asian culture, art, food, history and more. We will see that Asia is an incredibly diverse place and has made incredibly diverse contributions to Canada.

Come down to the School Library to see some of our titles on display for Asian Heritage Month. Here are just a few:

May is Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Learn more about Canadians who trace their roots from Asia. Learn about famous Canadians of Asian heritage. Learn about how Asian culture has helped to build Canada into the country that we love.

Asia is an enormous continent filled with billions of people, dozens of countries, hundreds of languages, and innumerable cultural variations. Millions of Canadians trace roots to such East Asian countries as China, Korea, and Japan. Millions of Canadians have their heritage from South Asia too, sometimes considered its own “Sub-Continent,” from such places as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Many Canadians also trace roots to Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and to Western Asian nations such as Lebanon and Syria.

source: Radio Canada International

Check back as we post more on Asian Heritage throughout the month of May, including a new book display of library resources related to Asian Heritage in Canada.

Lunar New Year

Image by Janos Perian from Pixabay

The Lunar New Year begins on Saturday. It is known by many names around the world, including the Spring Festival; the Lantern Festival, Chinese New Year; Shogatsu (Japan); Tet (Vietnam); Seolial (Korea); and many other New Year’s observances in Asia. People in Canada, especially people of Asian descent, will join with people around the world to celebrate the Year of the Rat.

 

 

Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year begins this Friday. It is known by many names around the world, including the Spring Festival; the Lantern Festival, Chinese New Year; Shogatsu (Japan); Tet (Vietnam); Seolial (Korea); and many other New Year’s observances in Asia. People in Canada, especially people of Asian descent, will join with people around the world to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Find out more:

 

 

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada

Asian Heritage Month gives Canadians of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about, and celebrate, the history of Asian Canadians and the contributions of Asian Canadians to the development of our nation. Canadians trace their roots to all corners of the globe, including such places as China, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and many more Asian nations.

for more information on Asian Heritage Month: