People celebrate Visakha Puja Day with merit-making

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BANGKOK, 4 June 2012  – Buddhists in Bangkok are celebrating Visahka Puja Day with merit-making, with the biggest celebration being held in Sanam Luang. 

Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra this morning led the people in a merit-making ceremony, during which rice and dry food were offered to 214 monks. A Wien Tien or walk with lighted candles in hand around a temple ceremony will also be held on the auspicious occasion of Visahka Puja Day.

This year is particularly special, as the day is also the 2,600th anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has brought a Buddha’s relic from the Grand Palace for the people to pay respect for good blessings. Besides, a parade of four regional flowers is also be organized for the people to take memorable pictures.

Another important part of the event, an overnight prayer will kicks off tonight at 11 p.m.

Visakha Puja Day marks the three important incidents in the life of the Lord Buddha on the same day, including the birth, enlightenment, and nirvana.