Thai Buddhists mark Makha Bucha today

Thai Buddhists mark Makha Bucha today
A large number of Buddhist followers showed up at Sanam Luang.
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A large number of Buddhist followers showed up early morning today at Sanam Luang, to offer food to 90 monks to mark the Makha Bucha Day.

Makha Bucha Day is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the third lunar month, to commemorate the unscheduled gathering of 1,250 monks in front of Lord Buddha after his enlightenment. Remembering the day, Buddhist followers offer food to monks, vow to keep the Five Precepts, and "Vien Tien" or join the candle light procession around Ubosot in the evening.

Outside Bangkok, Buddhist followers also joined alms-giving ceremony, including in the violence-hit Deep South.

Wat Weruwan is one of two temples in Muang district, Yala, that hosted midday candle light procession. Evening candle light procession would be held at 15 temples.

In Narathiwat's Bacho district, about 80 people from 22 households also attended a midday candle light procession after giving food to monks under tight security. Other temples scattering in 13 districts of the province would host the procession at 4pm today.

A Buddhist couple was shot dead yesterday morning in Pattani.

Wat Pichai Songkram in Ayutthaya has hosted the candle light procession at midday for decades. The abbot said that it was to facilitate revellers who come to make merit with young family members.

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