Makha Bucha Day
Is a public holiday here in Thailand and is being celebrated each and every year. In order to give you a bit of a background story to your day off, here comes the history.
It all occurred full 9 months after Buddha achieved Enlightenment on a full moon day of the 6th lunar month, 45 years before the buddhist era. At this very full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, Makha, four special events took place:
- 1,250 followers came to see Buddha on that very evening
- All of those followers where enlightened and ordained by Buddha himself
- Buddha gave those Enlightened Ones the principles of Buddhism.
- To cease from all evil
- To do what is good
- To cleanse one’s mind
- It was full moon day (what is always something special)
Exactly 44 years later, on the same day, Buddha decided to have his mind leaving his body – and die. This happened 3 months later (another full moon day – Visakha Bucha Day).
What happens on Makha Bucha Day:
- Tum Boon: Going to the temple and making merit. Listening to Dhamma preaching, giving donations, join Buddhist activities.
- Rub Sil: Keep the five buddhist precepts (including abstinence from alcohol and immoral acts)
- Tuk Bard: Offering food to monks and novices
- Practice of meditation, the eight buddhist principles, staying in temples, wearing white.
- Vien Tien: Attending candle light procession
Now that you know all that: Happy Makha Bucha Day!
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