Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand

Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha or Vesak Day is one of the most important Buddhist festivals on the Thai calendar. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. According to Theravada Buddhism, these three events all took place on the same day, the full moon day of the sixth lunar month of Visaka.

On Visakha Bucha Day, devout Buddhists visit the temples to meditate and listen to sermons, and bring flowers and offerings.

In the evenings there are beautiful candlelit processions, and worshippers walk around the main shrine of a temple three times to celebrate the three jewels of Buddhism; Buddha, his teachings or the Dhamma, and the monkhood or Sangha.

In Bangkok, Wat Saket, the Golden Mount temple, is a popular place to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day.

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