Chonburi to hold Buddhism Week May 29-June 4

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Chonburi will stage a week-long religious celebration over the Visakha Bucha holiday to mark the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment.

Deputy Gov. Pongsak Preechawit led the May 15 preparation meeting at Piphitphokhai Hall for the Buddhism Week slated for May 29 to June 4.

The festival will feature three types of celebrations: religious ceremonies, teachings and cultural activities. Nine events, including the Visakha Bucha Walk-Run, were also scheduled. Other events include meditation, alms giving to 55 monks, the ordination of 17 monks, presentation of funeral cloths to charity and the usual Buddhist Lent “Wien Thien” ceremony and Dhammayatra parade.

A Phraratanatrai prayer competition for Prathom- and Mathayom-level students will conclude on June 2 at Charoendhamm Hall.

District-level celebrations will include the Thetmahachat activity and royal exhibition starting from May 31 in Sattahip at Samakhee Banpot Temple, which moves on to Paanthong District’s Khokthacharoen Temple June 1; Muang Chonburi’s Wat Nok June 2; Nongyai’s Khaosok Temple and Bothong’s Omphanom Wanaram on June 3; Phanasnikhom’s Natphrathat Temple June 4; and Phuthabat Khaonangnom Temple, Bung’s Phuttamonthol Temple, Sriracha’s Khaodin Wanaram Temple, and Banglamung’s Santitharawas Temple June 5.