Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Search the University of Manchester siteSearch Menu StaffNet

Nirvana and Magha Puja Day

15 Feb 2024

Celebrating Nirvana and Magha Puja Day this February

Nirvana and Magha Puja

Nirvana Day marks the passing of the Buddha when it is believed he reached Nirvana. Nirvana is the belief of the end of the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Buddhists may spend the day meditating and reflecting on their lives, and how to gain Nirvana. 

Magha Puja also marks key moments in Buddhism, the moment the Buddha ordained Buddhist monks and the gathering of monks to hear the announcement from the Buddha about his impending death. Time is spent meditating on the three key aspects of Buddhism, which are: the Buddha (his enlightenment), the Sangha (the community of Buddhist believers around the world) and the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha).

Wishing all our Buddhist colleagues and students, peace and joy on Nirvana and Magha Puja Day. 

More information 

We aim to take an integrated approach that celebrates individuals and their many identities to ensure that we are truly inclusive of all our community. This is set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.    

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Religion or belief (including no belief);   

Multi-faith chaplaincy; 

• Our Staff Networks are a great way to connect with the wider University community, including the Dharmic Network. To find out more email the EDI Team at: 


If during this celebratory time of year, you may be away from friends and family, university-wide support is available such as: 

student wellbeing support;

staff wellbeing support; 

Multi-faith chaplaincy.