Makha Bucha around the world in 2025

Makha Bucha around the world in 2025
  How long until Makha Bucha?
Makha Bucha
  Dates of Makha Bucha around the world
2025 Various Feb 12, Mar 14
MyanmarFri, Mar 14National Holiday
ThailandWed, Feb 12National Holiday
2024 Various Feb 24, Feb 26, Mar 24
MyanmarSun, Mar 24National Holiday
Thailand Feb 24, Feb 26
ThailandMon, Feb 26National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandSat, Feb 24National Holiday
2023 Various Mar 5, Mar 6
MyanmarSun, Mar 5National Holiday
ThailandMon, Mar 6National Holiday
2022 Various Feb 16, Mar 16
MyanmarWed, Mar 16National Holiday
ThailandWed, Feb 16National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 26, Mar 26, Mar 27
Myanmar Mar 26, Mar 27
MyanmarSat, Mar 27National Holiday
MyanmarFri, Mar 26National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandFri, Feb 26National Holiday

Shortly after Buddha began his teachings, 1250 monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

  Which countries observe Makha Bucha in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
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When is Maka Bucha?

Maka Bucha is a public holiday in several Mekong region countries such as Cambodia and Thailand. This festival is the second most important Buddhist festival. As with most Buddhist festivals, its date depends on the Lunar cycle. The holiday may also be known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day.

On this day, the full moon of the third lunar month (called Tabodwe); 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.

This third lunar month on which both events occurred is known in Buddhist Pali language as 'Makha'. 'Bucha', means to honour.

How is Maka Bucha Day celebrated?

In the morning many Thai 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 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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