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Makabucha day comes from the day when 1250
disciples gathered to listen to Buddha's Dharma speech (ธรรมะ)
after his enlightment.
This day is a religious public holiday.
Merit making ceremonies take place at temples.
At night or afternoon time, candlelit processions happen.
Monks and local people walk three times around the temple main building.
One time for Buddha, one time for the Sangha (Buddhist
monk community), one time for the Dharma (Buddhist teachings).
This candlelit procession is called
Monks are holding a sacred thread and a candle. Faithful Buddhist are holding a candle, incense stick
or lotus flower.
Buddhists across the country flock to temples for candle-lit processions
as part of activities on this religious day. Other activities include alms
offering and listening to monks' teachings.
Activities are organised in almost every temple and the ones at most famous temples
draw more participants, young and old alike.
Important religious days raise the sale and retail prices of lotus
flowers which Buddhists use for worshipping. Vendors tripled their daily orders to 700-800 lotuses and
the retail price doubled from 5-6 baht to 10-12 baht a lotus in year 2007.
On Makha Bucha Day 2008, the Culture Ministry's Office of the National
Culture Commission has invited everyone to celebrate the "Buddhist Day of Love" by following
Buddha's steps of giving love and mercy to oneself, one's family and people around them.