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 #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