Buddha Day festival

The Nation, April 29, 2006

The Visakha Buja Day Festival will be celebrated around the world between May 6 and May 22.

Bangkok, Thailand -- The United Nations has recognised Visakha Buja Day as one of the world's most important days. It is sometimes referred to as "Buddha Day", because three important events in the Lord Buddha's life occurred on this day - his birth, his enlightenment and his death.

Buddhism Promotion Centre of Thailand secretary-general Phra Thep Dilok yesterday said the events marking the festival would take place in Sanam Luang, the UN office in Bangkok, Buddha Monthon in Nakhon Pathom and selected locations in every province.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will grant awards to 170 people on May 8 in recognition of their contribution to Buddhism. The awards would come in the form of a gold Sema pillar, he said. A sema is a stone used to mark a temple's precinct.