Magha Puja or Makha Bucha Day, February 18th, 2011

February 18, 2011
M?gha P?j? - the Buddhist day of the 3rd full moon

A full moon seen over a wat on this special occasion

This National Holiday honors Buddha and his 1st teachings 9 months after his enlightenment. It is believed that on this day the Lord Buddha taught his ways and ordained his first disciples. Thais and volunteers often celebrate by going to a local wat or temple. At sunset Thais light candles and incense and circle clockwise around the main temple, meditating on inner peace, good thoughts, and good ways. This candlelight processions are called Wian Tian. This like many Buddhist days is dependent on the new and full moon and the lunar system. It falls on the full moon of the third lunar month.

In 2011 it will be celebrated on Friday the 18th February.

The spiritual aims of the day are: not to commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one’s mind.

Magha Puja is a public holiday in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia – and is an occasion when Buddhists tend to go to the temple to perform merit-making activities.

This National Holiday honors Buddha and his 1st teachings 9 months after his enlightenment. It is believed that on this day the Lord Buddhataught his ways and ordained his first disciples. Thais and volunteersoften celebrate by going to a local wat or temple. At sunset Thais lightcandles and incense and circle clockwise around the main temple,meditating on inner peace, good thoughts, and good ways. Thiscandlelight processions are called Wian Tian. This like many Buddhistdays is dependent on the new and full moon and the lunar system. Itfalls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month.

Find out more about this special day by visiting Wikipedia where the latest information on Magha Puja is available.