BANGKOK, 15 July 2011 – Buddhists are taking part in the Buddhism Promotion Week upon Asalha Puja Day and the Buddhist Lent Day as they gave alms to 85 monks at Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan on Friday morning.
Speaking as he chaired the event, Religious Affairs Department Director-General Sod Daeng-Ied stated that the event has been organised as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej upon his 84th birthday anniversary and as an effort to promote Buddhism in the Thai society.
Alms giving took place on Friday morning around the Golden Mountain inside the monastery with a large number of Buddhists taking part. Buddhists then practiced dhamma and prayed inside the Ubosot of the temple.
Other events featured in the Buddhism Promotion Week at Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan include sermons, presentation of big Lenten candles to nine royal temples in Bangkok, offering of bathing robes to monks and candle-lit or wien-thien processions in the evening.
Apart from Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan, activities under the Buddhism Promotion Week are arranged at monasteries across the country to celebrate the Asalha Puja Day which this year falls on 15 July and the Buddhist Lent Day on 16 July.