Do Buddhists Celebrate Christmas?

Although Buddhists do not practice the same rituals as Christians during Christmas time, some do celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Like Christians, Buddhists believe that love, kindness and peace are all things to celebrate.

Since the Buddhist teachings are all about peace and goodwill toward mankind, Christmas is a time when Buddhists can focus on some of the similarities between their religion and Christianity. They enjoy decorating their temples with what most would recognize as Christmas decorations. They send and receive cards from loved ones. They hold vigils late at night and light candles. Some even listen to Christmas music.