The Theravada which means way of the elders and is the only one of the early buddha schools to survive. Most of the followers live in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand
The Mahayana which means great vehicle. most followers of Mahayana live in Tibet and in Japan. They focus on Buddha's in heaven and future Buddha's
The Mantrayana means sacred recitation vehicle. Followers mostly live in the Himalayas, mongolia, and Japan. It emphasizes a relationship between a spiritual leader which is (sometimes called a guru) and a small group of disciples. they believe in meditating, sacred dances and gestures.
Zen which is practiced mostly in Japan. originated in China where it is called Chan. It emphasizes a close relationship between a master and his disciples. they do practices which lead to spiritual enlightenment which is called Satori.
New Year: Mayana on the first full moon on April
Theravadin: countries celebrate it on the first full moon in April
Buddha Day: celebrated on the first full moon in May except on a leap year when it is celebrated in June
Sangha Day: celebrated on the full moon in march
Dhamma Day: celebrated on the full moon in july
Observance Day: Celebrate one the new moon, full moon and quarter moon days every month
Kathina: (robe offering ceremony) Is held on any convenient date within one month of the conclusion month rains retreat season.
Festival of Floating Bowls: held at the end of the Kathina festival season.
Elephant Festival: held on the third saturday in november
Festival of the Tooth:held on the full moon in august