Day of enlightenment of the Buddha (also called VisakhaBucha) is one of the most important religious holidays for Buddhists. Throughout the world, millions of people adhere to this faith, and the Day of Enlightenment is considered the day of its inception and foundation. By tradition, the time of the holiday coincides with the full moon of the sixth month of the year. To understand how important this day is for Buddhists, try to imagine the importance for Christians of Christmas and Easter at the same time.
Day of enlightenment of Buddha - the main holiday in Thailand
The day of enlightenment of the Buddha is also called simply the DayBuddha, since it is dedicated to the three most important moments of his life - Birth, Enlightenment and Nirvana. Buddha is not a person's name, but rather a definition of a person who has attained enlightenment. And the real name of the founder of Buddhism, the person who formed this system of world outlook and attitude - Sidhartha Gautama. More than 2,5 thousand years mark the Buddhists their holiday. Throughout Thailand there are festive events and processions, the focus of which are Buddhist temples
By the Day of Enlightenment, the Buddha prepares in advance: Buddhist temples are decorated with flowers, statues, bright woven canvases. One of the traditional adornments are special lanterns - paper with a wooden frame, symbolizing the enlightenment given to people by the Buddha. On a solemn day they are lit at nightfall. In the temples are placed burning oil lamps, and the monks in the uneven light of the fire talk about the life of the Buddha, his deeds and his disciples to all comers. Before the holiday, it is customary to send out postcards featuring Buddha and his deeds to relatives and friends.
On the holiday itself, people who adhere toFaith, sent to Buddhist temples with offerings - it can be products or essentials, they are passed on to monks. Also in the monasteries on this day, new members are accepted, novices are converted into novices and monks. Parishioners sing mantras and meditate. All rites are held under the guidance of experienced mentors. The highest point of the feast is reached at the solemn procession around the temple chapel. Each of the participants of the procession holds a ritual set consisting of flowers, incense sticks and burning candles in hands, so the procession is also called a candle.
During the Day of Buddha's Enlightenment, the Thais are forbiddenWork in agriculture, and also cause harm to any living beings - even insects. Immediately after the holiday for the Thais, Lent begins, which lasts until the harvest, in Thailand it is traditionally the end of October. The prohibitions against monks also apply - at this time they can not leave the monastery walls and change it to another one. This is due not only to religion, but also to the prevailing historical and climatic causes. Because of the climate, roads at this time of year are greatly eroded and almost not suitable for moving.
On tourists celebrating the Day of enlightenment of BuddhaWill not be reflected in any way, all public institutions work in the usual way. Unless in the street you can meet a solemn procession, and in shopping malls, perhaps, they will arrange a fair or a festive show for the guests of the country.
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