Buddhist Magha Puja Day and Sangha Day 2016 Prayers, Public Holiday :- Well, Magha Puja, Makha Bucha, or the Full Moon of Tabodwe (is an important Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Magha in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, and on the full moon day of Tabodwe in Myanmar. The spiritual aims of the day are: not to commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one’s mind. Magha Puja is a public holiday in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand and is an occasion when Buddhists tend to go to the temple to perform merit-making activities.
People in India also celebrate this day in region states mostly in northeast. This is one of the most awaited festivals for the people because this festival is all about love and peace. I think people loved this festival a lot and every single festival is all about piece.
The third lunar month is known in the Thai language as Makha Bucha is also a Thai word, meaning “to venerate” or “to honor”. As such, Makha Bucha Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
I think people loved that festival and I am sure that in India people surely going to celebrate this festival also this festival is coming with the Holi and I think that’s also a plus point because when we are celebrating Holi few people from india surely going to celebrate Magha Puja
How Thailand people celebrate this festival-
- On the evening of Magha full-moon day, each temple in Thailand holds a candlelight procession called a wian thian. Holding flowers, incense and a lighted candle, the monks and congregation members circumambulate clockwise three times around the phra ubosot (ordination hall), once for each of the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
- Tham bun: Making merit by going to temples for special observances and join in the other Buddhist activities.
- Rap sin’: Keeping the Five Precepts. Practice of renunciation: Observe the Eight Precepts, practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
I think this festival is all about spreading love and peace and not that even every festival is about that so enjoy the day.
Happy Magha Puja to all!!!!!