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Visakha Bucha Day is one of the most important Buddhist holidays in the Thai calendar. In 2021 it takes place on May 26.
Here is what you need to know about this important day.
It was the day of three important incidents that occurred during the life of Lord Buddha. They all happened on the full moon of the sixth lunar month.
In the early morning, people will make merit by going to temples and offering food to the monks. In the evening, they will join the procession where everyone carries flowers, three glowing incense sticks, and a lighted candle while circumambulating the main chapel three times, listen to Dhamma teaching, and Keep the five or eight precepts.
Note: In 1999 the United Nations unanimously resolved to declare Visakha Bucha day an international day.
Where a huge procession takes place
There are other countries where they celebrate Visakha Bucha Day, such as Singapore, Mongolia, and India but there is something different. Thai people walk around the main chapel three times but the majority of Singaporeans, Mongolians, and Indians, fly sky lanterns.
However, celebrating Visakha Bucha day also means making special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. To this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in cash and kind to various charitable homes throughout the country.
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