Visakha Bucha Day

Written by Team Expique
Published: January 29, 2021

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.

What is Visakha Bucha 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.

The three significant separate events were:

  • The Buddha was born on this day when he was born into a royal family in what is now Nepal.
  • The Buddha achieved “The Enlightenment” (NIRVANA) on the same day.
  • He passed away on this day at age 80 in India.

How Is It Celebrated in Bangkok and Across Thailand

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.

Famous Place in Bangkok to Visit on Visakha Bucha Day

Pop down to Sanum Luang

Visit the Golden Mount

Take a Trip out of Town to Phutthamonton

Where a huge procession takes place

Visakha Bucha Day around the world

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.

Learn More About Thai Holidays and Festivals

If you want to learn more then check out the following articles:

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