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King presides over Visakha Bucha Day ceremony

King presides over Visakha Bucha Day ceremony

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017

His Majesty the King on Wednesday presided over a religious ceremony to mark Visakha Bucha Day at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, inside the Grand Palace complex.

The religious ceremony was performed by a group of senior monks.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn also led the “wien thien” rite of circumambulation around the main hall of the temple. He was accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajra Kitiyabha. 
Despite rain, thousands of people gathered outside and inside the Grand Palace compound to wait for the King.
Buddhist prayers and the “wien thien” rite were held at the same time in other provinces throughout the country to mark Visakha Bucha Day.
Also known as Vesak, the Buddhist holy day is observed by worshippers of the Theravada tradition in many other countries, mostly in Asia. Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha.