Visakha Bucha Day is a very important day in Buddhism. Informally, this day is referred to as “Buddha’s Birthday”.
Three special events happened on this day. The first event was the birth of Gautama Buddha, the religious figure of Buddhism. Thirty five years later, Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment on the same day. Eighty years from his birth, Gautama Buddha passed away on the same day.
Visakha Bucha Day reminds Buddhists of the important teachings of Gautama Buddha both socially and spiritually. Visakha Bucha means the worship of the Buddha on the day of the full moon on the sixth lunar month. This year, Visakha Bucha day falls on the 10 May.
Buddhists all over the world would perform the act of Tam Boon which includes visiting temples, donating things, buying fish from the fishmonger to release in the river, etc. Another popular activity is called Tak Bard which is the act of offering food or rice to monks.
In Thailand, Visakha Bucha Day is a public holiday, so government offices, banks and many shops are closed on this day. Out of respect, there is no alcohol served or sold on this day. Schools and government offices will also fly yellow Buddhist flags on this day.
In Bangkok, Thai Buddhists clamour at Wat Pho, one of the city’s oldest temple. Another famous temple in Bangkok that is worth visiting during Visakha Bucha Day is Wat Phrathart Doi Suthep. At this temple, a large pilgrimage takes place every year. Many devotees circle the temple while holding candles. They move in a clockwise direction while carrying incense sticks and lotus buds. Also, the temple has an amazing panoramic view of the city.
After giving out merits on Visakha Bucha Day, come join us at The Escape Hunt Experience Bangkok! We are open all year round!