Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) Day in Thailand

Today, many Buddhists in Thailand are participating in ceremonies for one of the most important dates on the calendar. Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. It is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day and is traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus on different days in India, … Continue reading Vesaka Bucha (วิสาขบูชา) Day in Thailand

Thailand #1573 (1994)

Asanla Buja Day / อาสาฬหบูชา

Today is Asalha Buja Day (also transliterated as Asanha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha or Asalha Puja, etc. from the Thai อาสาฬหบูชา). In other countries it is known as Dhamma Day. It marks the day more than 2,500 years ago that the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, symbolized as a wheel called Dhammacakka. The Dhammacakka (also called the Wheel of Life, the Wheel of Law or … Continue reading Asanla Buja Day / อาสาฬหบูชา

Thailand #2235 (2006)

Visakhapuja Day / วันวิสาขบูชา

Each year on the full moon of the sixth Thai lunar month, Thailand participates in the Buddhist observance of Visakhapuja Day (วันวิสาขบูชา — Wan Visakhabucha) commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha. It is also observed as Thai National Tree Day (วันต้นไม้แห่งชาติ — Wan Tonmai Haeng Chart). Vesak (Vesākha in Pali and Vaiśākha in Sanskrit), also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday … Continue reading Visakhapuja Day / วันวิสาขบูชา

Thailand #323 (1957)

Happy Vassa Day / สุขสันต์วันเข้าพรรษา

The day following Asanha Bucha in Thailand is called Wan Khao Phansa.  It’s the first day of the Thai Phansa (พรรษา), the annual rains retreat observed by Theravada practitioners. Taking place during the wet season, Phansa (also known as Vassa, or Buddhist Lent) lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October (from July 20 to October 16 in 2016). For the duration of this period, monks remain inside monasteries … Continue reading Happy Vassa Day / สุขสันต์วันเข้าพรรษา

Thailand #1747 (1997)

Happy Asanha Bucha Day / สุขสันต์วันอาสาฬหบูชา

Today is an important Buddhist holiday in Thailand, where I’ve lived for more than a decade now. Asanha Bucha Day (วันอาสาฬหบูชา) is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month.  Also known as Dharma Day, it’s one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festivals, celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates … Continue reading Happy Asanha Bucha Day / สุขสันต์วันอาสาฬหบูชา