Monday, 25 February 2013

Mahka Bucha

Makha Bucha, an important religious festival in the Buddhist calendar, falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
This year the religious holiday will be celebrated Monday 25 February. It is a public holiday in most Mekong Region countries namely Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

The day venerates Lord Buddha and his teachings mainly through attendance at temples to perform merit-making activities in the morning, while in the evening candlelight processions are made three times clockwise around the Phra Ubosot (ordination chapel) in temple compounds throughout the country.

Each circle around the chapel,  represents the Three Jewels –- the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

In Thailand, the sale of alcohol is banned and bars close for the entire holiday.

Companies and government offices will close. It falls on a Monday and that offers Thais and residents in Thailand an opportunity to take a long weekend  holiday to explore the country and at the same time witness the beauty and serenity of the candlelight processions at temples nationwide Monday evening.

From TTR Weekly

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