BANGKOK, 20 May 2013 – Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, along with venerable monks recently gave a press conference at Government House to announce government activities to celebrate this year’s “Visakha Bucha Day”, which falls on 24 May.
According to Mr. Niwattumrong, this year’s Visakha Bucha Day celebrations will be held as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, as well as other members of the Royal Family. The celebrations began on 18 May and will last until this Friday, 24 May. This year’s activities are also dedicated to His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch who will turn 100 on October 3, 2013. The celebrations are held with the concepts to introduce Thailand as a world Buddhist center and to inspire Thai Buddhists to bring religious teachings into practice in their everyday life.
Visakha Bucha Day is being celebrated at temples nationwide with provincial governors and ecclesiastical provincial governors supervising activities in their respective provinces. The activities include propagation of Buddhist teachings and practices. An international academic conference will also be organized by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, a public Buddhist university. The conference will be held on 21-22 May at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok.
The event will be broadcast live from 8.00-17.00 hrs on TNN2 Channel (True Visions 08) and on MCU TV, C-Band 3880MHz.