Chonburi plans full slate of activities for Visakha Bucha Day

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Chonburi will mark Monday’s Visakha Bucha holiday by hosting a full-day of activities to kick off its “Buddhism Promotion Week.”

Deputy Mayor Chamnanwit Taerat met with provincial officials May 18 to put the finishing touches on plans for the celebration, which will feature a “meditation walk/run”, religious ceremonies and offering of alms.

Regarding the dried-foods offering, the Chonburi Buddhism Office will invite 61 monks from six temples to receive alms at 7am June 1 at Prabuddasihing Hall.

Chonburi Deputy Mayor Chamnanwit Taerat leads a meeting to plan how Chonburi will mark Monday’s Visakha Bucha holiday.Chonburi Deputy Mayor Chamnanwit Taerat leads a meeting to plan how Chonburi will mark Monday’s Visakha Bucha holiday.

At 3:30 p.m., Sompong Kittikuno, abbot of Tanlom Temple and associate dean of monks for Muang District, will give a sermon and lead teachers and students in a candle-light procession.

At 8 p.m., Rajasit Wimol, Chonburi’s ecclesiastical advisor, and 2 monks will deliver another sermon and lead government officers and the public in a procession at Prabuddasihing Hall.

The walk/run will cost 150 baht to enter and participants will receive a t-shirt and amulet. The walk will cover three kilometers and the run 8 km.

The route will be from Prabuddasihing Hall through the road along the beach. After finishing running, the participants will attend a food-offering and award ceremony.

Marking the triple occasion of the birth of Buddha, the day of his enlightenment, and his ascension to Nirvana, Visakha Bucha Day is one of the three holiest days on the Buddhist calendar and previously was designated by USESCO as “World Peace Day.”

The educational, scientific and cultural organization’s proclamation cited Buddhism’s teaching of humanity, mercy and tolerance as the reasons for the designation.