Budhist holy day is celebrated on the first full moon day of the third lunar calender month and is also known as Makha Bucha day. 'Makha' is the Thai word for the third lunar month while 'Bucha' means to honour or venerate.
Thousands of Thai Buddhist monks chant during a lantern lighting to celebrate this day.
Makha Bucha or Magha Puja also known as the day of the Fourfold Assembly is one of the holiest day when people walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles for prayers. Buddhists visit temples to hear sermons and perform good deeds. It is believed Makha Bucha day originates from when Lord Buddha gave a sermon to 1,250 monks who appeared before him spontaneously.
Thailand strongly observes this day and a public holiday is given while the selling of alcohol is banned for 24 hours. Candlelit procession event of the special day includes Buddhists and monks carrying a lighted candle, flowers and an incense stick in a clockwise direction around temples.