Visakha Puja Day in Thailand

May 17, 2011

Today Thai’s celebrate Visakha Puja Day. This is one of the most important Buddhist holidays in Thailand. It marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.

There are many ways to celebrate it, but celebrated it is.

In the early morning, millions of people make offerings to monks. In the evening, they walk around in temples with candles, incense and flowers and pray and meditate.

Even if you are not Buddhist – it is a lot of fun and a very interesting experience if you have a friend or a Bangkok tour guide to show you around, explain the meaning of certain things for you. You will also notice that Buddhism is a very open religion – it doesn’t matter if you are a Buddhist, a Christ, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, a Taoist, a Sikh or of any other faith (or none at all) – Thai Buddhists will welcome you friendly, without trying to push their religious beliefs upon you.

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