Asalha

The Asalha festival, especially important in the Theravada Buddhist traditions, commemorates the first sermon of the Buddha and his ascent to the second heaven, where he preached the Dharma to his mother. It is celebrated at the beginning of the three-month vassa, or rainy season, of Southeast Asia, thus signaling the advent of the annual period when itinerant Theravadin monks remain domiciled in a monastery.