Magha Puja is an important religious festival celebrated by Buddhists on the full moon day of the third lunar Month for more than 2500 years. It marks the four auspicious occasions which happened nine months after the Enlightenment of the Buddha near Rājagaha in Northern India.
- It was the full-moon day of the third lunar month.
- There were 1,250 Arahants, the enlightened disciple monks, who came to see the
Lord Buddha that evening without any prior arrangement.
- All of them were ordained by the Buddha himself.
- The Buddha delivered a sermon called the “Ovada Patimokkha” which includes
the fundamental ideology, the moral standards and the conducts of Buddhism.
Magha Puja Day is one of the most important holy days in Thailand. Every temple across the country holds a ceremony. The celebration at Wat Phra Dhammakaya is one of the largest held in Thailand with around 100’000 visitors each year.