Visakha Bucha Day or Wan Pra Yai

marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are :

1. The Buddha’s Birth

2. The Enlightenment of Buddha – While sitting under the Bodhi tree, he found his answer and attained the enlightenment at the age of 35 years.

3. The Nibbana – The Buddha passed away on Tuesday, the Vesak full moon day in the zodiac year of the small snake under the two Sal trees in the Sala Grove of the Mallas in Kusinara, the capital of the Malla state, (nowadays located in Kusinagara of Uttrarapradesa, India) at the age of eighty years (around 2547 years ago).Wisaka Bucha Day falls every year in the month of May. This year it is Friday, May 20.

Wisaka Bucha Day is regognized as most important memorial day in Buddhism for the Lord Buddha. Wisaka Bucha day is also recognized by the UNESCO in 1999 as “World Heritage Day”. Thailand where is the permanent location of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, was chosen to host celebrating event for the day.
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Eng : Buddhist Holiday
Thai : wan-phra

Eng : Pour water
Thai : kruat-nam

Eng : Offering Dedicated to Buddhist Monk
Thai : sang-kha-than