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Meak Bochea Day 2019

Cambodia Buddhist Holiday observed in Cambodia

Golden buddha at Buddha Memorial park

When is Meak Bochea?

How long until Meak Bochea Day?
This holiday next takes place in 271 Days.
Dates of Meak Bochea Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Tuesday February 19th
2018 Wednesday January 31st
2017 Saturday February 11th
2016 Monday February 22nd
2015 Tuesday February 3rd
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Shortly after Buddha began his teachings, 1250 monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.
Related holiday
Makha Bucha Day

Meak Bochea is a public holiday in several Mekong region countries such as Cambodia and Thailand.

The date of this important Buddhist festival depends on Lunar cycle. In Cambodia it takes places on the full moon of the third Khmer lunar month (called Meak).

The holiday may also be known as Buddha’s Preachment Commemoration Ceremony.

The date of this holiday in Cambodia may differ from other Mekong region countries due to how the lunar calendar is used.

History of Meak Bochea

On this day, seven months after Buddha began his teachings, over a thousand monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

Buddha ordained these monks and spread the principles of Buddhism. This marked a key event in the development of the religion.

45 years later, on the same full moon in the third lunar month, Buddha again delivered his teachings shortly before his death.

As mentioned the third lunar month on which both events occurred is known as 'Meak'. 'Bochea', means to honour.

How is Meak Bochea Day celebrated?

In the morning many people wake up early to give alms to monks. In the evening, temples are full of people listening to sermons. They often perform a ritual known as the the candle ceremony where they walk clockwise three times around the temple. holding flowers, incense and a lighted candle. Each of the three circuits represents one of the three jewels (ideas at the heart of Buddhism) - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.


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