Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand in 2020

Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand in 2020
  How long until Visakha Bucha Day?
This holiday next takes place in 233 days.
  Dates of Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand
2021 Thailand Wed, May 26 National Holiday
2020 Thailand Wed, May 6 National Holiday
2019 Thailand Mon, May 20 National Holiday (in lieu)
2018 Thailand Tue, May 29 National Holiday
2017 Thailand Wed, May 10 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana
  Visakha Bucha Day in other countries
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Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand

In Thailand, Buddha's birthday is known as Visakha Bucha Day.When is Buddha Purnima?

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesak is the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May.

Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and attained parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he died.

Traditions of Buddha Purnima

Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, was born in India 3,000 years ago. There are various opinions concerning the exact dates of his birth and death, but according to Buddhist tradition, he is said to have been born April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although other Buddhist scholars place his birth five hundred years later.

Shakyamuni Buddha was the son of the king of the Shakyas, a small clan whose kingdom was located at the foothills of the Himalayas, south of what is now central Nepal, fifteen miles from Kapilavastu. Shakya of Shakyamuni is taken from the name of this tribe and muni means sage or saint. His family name was Gautama (Best Cow) and his given name was Siddhartha (Goal Achieved) though some scholars say this is a title bestowed on him by later Buddhists in honour of the enlightenment he attained.

Even though many Buddhists observe Buddha's historical birth on 8th April, the exact date remains in question. Although modern archaeological and historical research confirms that Prince Siddartha Gotama lived around this time.

On Buddha Purnima, people dress in white clothes and give out kheer (a rice pudding) as, according to legend, a woman named Sujata once offered Gautam Buddha kheer on his birthday and it has since become a tradition.

The dharmacakra or dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during Vesak. It is a wooden wheel with eight spokes. The wheel represents Buddha's teaching on the path to enlightenment. The eight spokes symbolize the noble eightfold path of Buddhism.

Visakha Bucha Day Customs in Thailand

Traditions on the day include visiting Buddhist temples and in particular ‘Wat Phra Kaeo’ which houses the Emerald Buddha and Sanam Luang. Religious ceremonies include the sticking of gold leaf on the statues of Buddha.

It is a holy day, so shops, bars and restaurants are barred from selling alcohol for 24 hours from midnight until midnight. All Government offices and many businesses will be closed. Schools and colleges may hang out yellow Buddhist flags to mark the day.

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