Thousands of Buddhist followers from all walks of life gathered this morning at Phnom Preah Reachtroap (Oudong) in Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located, to mark the Visak Bochea Day.
This annual celebration was presided over by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, with the participation of His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry, Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayuttikaya of Cambodia.
Representatives of some foreign embassies in Cambodia were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Buddhist monks invited to the event were offered foods, drink, and cash in order to pray for the soul of the deaths to rest in peace.
Visak Bochea Day, which is a birth, enlightenment, and nirvana day of Master Buddha, for the Buddhist countries, including Cambodia, was internationally recognised by the United Nations in 2000. It is a public holiday and an occasion where the Buddhist followers are reminded of Buddha and his teachings.
Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse