Photo Gallery: Wisaka Bucha
Travel Photographer Daniel Nahabedian captures this week’s Wisaka Bucha, one of the most important religious holidays in the Buddhist calendar, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.
Wisaka Bucha is one of the most important religious holidays in the Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha, which according to the Theravada Buddhist traditions, all took place on the same day of the year, on the full moon of the Indian lunar month of Wisaka. In most Buddhist countries, including Thailand, it is an official public holiday.
On this day, devotees, usually dress in white, visit temples, bring offerings, meditate and listen to sermons. A pilgrimage is also held at night, up Doi Suthep, the local mountain towering over the city. It is believed that anyone who accomplishes the pilgrimage and does the wien tiane, or walking around the chedi (stupa) for three rounds on Wisakha Bucha day, will receive the results of making merit: virtue, luck, and prosperity.
Buddha Statue and Bodhi Tree