Makha Bucha Day

Monks on Makha Bucha Day
Monks on Makha Bucha Day

March 4, 2015 is Makha Bucha Day which is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month, which is usually the end of February or early March.

  • There were 1,250 Sangha followers all from different places, that came to see the Buddha that evening without prior arrangements, no emails, no twitter, no Facebook, no phone calls.
  • All of them were Enlightened, and all of them were ordained by Buddha.
  • Buddha gave them the principles of the Buddhism:
    • To cease from all evil.
    • To do what is good.
    • To cleanse one’s mind.

In Pali, Makha is the name of the third lunar month, and Bucha means “to venerate.”

On this day, Thai Buddhists gather at sunset in their local temples to participate in candlelight processions called Wian Tian (Wian means circle, Tian means candle).

The monks and the congregation, holding flowers in one hand and a lighted candle and incense in the other, walking 3 times around the Temple to honor each of the “3 Jewels” of their faith:  Buddha, Dharma , Sangha.

They will refocus and renew their commitment to keeping the 5 Precepts:

  1. Do not kill.
  2. Do not steal.
  3. Do not engage in improper sexual conduct.
  4. Do not make false statements.
  5. Do not drink alcohol.
Buddhists carry candles while circling a temple during Makha Bucha Day
Buddhists carry candles while circling a temple during Makha Bucha Day

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