The Prachuap Khirikhan Provincial Office is organizing a week-long event to promote Buddhism during the Visakha Bucha Day and celebrate 2,600 years of Buddha’s enlightenment from 29 May to 4 June, said the Deputy Governor of the province Mr. Sommit Silprasert via an on-line video conference on 15 May 2012.
A part of the Buddhism promotion week held throughout the country during the Visakha Bucha day on 4 June, this event aims to promote education and practice of Buddhism which consists of donation, morality, praying and meditation. It emphasizes on what the Lord Buddha realized 2,600 years ago. More importantly, it serves as a meritorious offer for His Majesty who reaches 84 years old and Her Majesty who will be 80 years old this year.
Taking place at Wat Khlong Wan Buddhist Temple in Khlong Wan sub-district, the event starts on 29 May with an opening ceremony in which all participants, dressed in white, declare themselves official Buddhists and pray together. From 30 May to 3 June, there will be a contest of Buddhist preaching, Buddhist praying, Thai composition, drawing and Dharma quiz for primary and secondary students.
On 4 June which is the Visakha Bucha Day, Buddhist participants will offer alms to Buddhist monks in the morning, listen to Buddhist preach by a monk, do social work and attend a ceremony of circling a temple or chedi with lighted candles, incense and flowers in the evening. The Prachuap Khirikhan Provincial Office kindly asks all Buddhists in the province to dress in white and join the Buddhism promotion week including Visakha Bucha Day at the above-mentioned date and venue. More update of the event can be obtained from the website: http://www.buddhajayanti.net.