Makha Bucha around the world in 2020

Makha Bucha around the world in 2020
  How long until Makha Bucha?
This holiday next takes place in 66 days in Thailand.
  Dates of Makha Bucha around the world
2021 Various Feb 27, Mar 28
MyanmarSun, Mar 28National Holiday
ThailandSat, Feb 27National Holiday
2020 Various Feb 10, Mar 9
MyanmarMon, Mar 9National Holiday
ThailandMon, Feb 10National Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Various Feb 19, Mar 20
MyanmarWed, Mar 20National Holiday
ThailandTue, Feb 19National Holiday
2018 Various Mar 1
MyanmarThu, Mar 1National Holiday
ThailandThu, Mar 1National Holiday
2017 Various Feb 11, Feb 13, Mar 12
MyanmarSun, Mar 12National Holiday
Thailand Feb 11, Feb 13
ThailandMon, Feb 13National Holiday
ThailandSat, Feb 11National Holiday
  Summary
Shortly after Buddha began his teachings, 1250 monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.
  Which countries observe Makha Bucha in 2020?
Myanmar  MyanmarMar 9National Holiday
Thailand  ThailandFeb 10National Holiday (in lieu)
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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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