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 Makha Bucha Day is another important Buddhist day.  Like other Buddhist festivals, it is significantly related to the Triple Gems – the Buddha, the Dharma his teachings, and the Sangha his disciples.   Makha Bucha Day is another important Buddhist day.  Like other Buddhist festivals, it is significantly related to the Triple Gems – the Buddha, the Dharma his teachings, and the Sangha his disciples.  
  
-“Makha” means the third lunar month, and “Bucha” means to honor.  So Makha Bucha Day is on the full-moon day of the third lunar month, usually in February, designated to honor the Buddha, his teachings and his followers.  In 2017 it falls on Thursday 1st of March, and is a public holiday in Thailand.  It is, therefore, another occasion when devout Buddhists engage themselves in special merit-makings and spiritual activities in order to discipline and purify their mind.+“Makha” means the third lunar month, and “Bucha” means to honor.  So Makha Bucha Day is on the full-moon day of the third lunar month, usually in February, designated to honor the Buddha, his teachings and his followers.  In 2019 it falls on Tuesday 19th of February, and is a public holiday in Thailand.  It is, therefore, another occasion when devout Buddhists engage themselves in special merit-makings and spiritual activities in order to discipline and purify their mind.
  
 The day is religiously significant because it marks a very important event dating back to the time the Buddha was still living.  Nine months after his Enlightenment he was residing at the Veluvana Bamboo Grove in Rajagaha City, India.  On one very same day, four auspicious occasions took place.  First, as many as 1,250 monks, who were the Buddha’s direct disciples, spontaneously and without any prior appointment, decided to return from their trips to propagate Buddhism, in order to pay respect to the Buddha.  Second, it was a holy congregation because all the monks were Arahantas and ordained by the Buddha himself.  Third, at this special congregation the Buddha delivered a discourse on “The Ovadhapatimokha” which significantly laid down the principles of Buddhism (i.e. to refrain from doing evil, to do only good deeds, and to always cleanse or purify one ‘s mind.)  Fourth, this sacred assembly took place on an auspicious full-moon day.  So Makha Bucha activities have been observed by devout Buddhists to commemorate this historic event.   The day is religiously significant because it marks a very important event dating back to the time the Buddha was still living.  Nine months after his Enlightenment he was residing at the Veluvana Bamboo Grove in Rajagaha City, India.  On one very same day, four auspicious occasions took place.  First, as many as 1,250 monks, who were the Buddha’s direct disciples, spontaneously and without any prior appointment, decided to return from their trips to propagate Buddhism, in order to pay respect to the Buddha.  Second, it was a holy congregation because all the monks were Arahantas and ordained by the Buddha himself.  Third, at this special congregation the Buddha delivered a discourse on “The Ovadhapatimokha” which significantly laid down the principles of Buddhism (i.e. to refrain from doing evil, to do only good deeds, and to always cleanse or purify one ‘s mind.)  Fourth, this sacred assembly took place on an auspicious full-moon day.  So Makha Bucha activities have been observed by devout Buddhists to commemorate this historic event.