BANGKOK, 4 June 2012 – Buddhists across Thailand are traveling to Sanam Luang to participate in merit-making and praying sessions on the auspicious occasion of the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment.
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Sathira-Dhammasathan have invited people to together commemorate the 26th century of Buddha’s enlightenment, also known as Buddha Jayanti. The celebration is being held at Sanam Luang today with Buddhists from 15 countries in 5 continents attending.
The organizers have brought a black Buddha Jayanti statue from India to the event in Bangkok for revelers to pay respect to. In an overnight praying session, starting at 10.30 pm, 2,600 monks along with people in all 77 provinces of Thailand will chant 2,600 Buddhist stanzas to celebrate the Buddha Jayanti ceremony and also to honor Their Majesties the King and Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
The event will be broadcasted live in 15 countries. Buddhists are advised to wear white clothing to the event.