Date: 19th-20th July, 2016
Venue: Wat Phra Phutthabat, Saraburi
Ashana Bucha Day is a sacred Buddhist holy day that commemorates the Lord Buddha’s first Dharma discourse to the first Buddhist monk, and the following day marks the start of Buddhist Lent. It is the first day of the three month retreat during the rainy season, and it is the custom in Thailand to offer flowers to monks on this occasion. Any type of flower can be offered and it is believed that anyone able to offer flowers to monks at the start of Buddhist Lent will be the recipient of much merit and blessings.
FULL SCHEDULE (TBC)
18th July 2016: There will be a mass alms giving with 3,000 monks from 6 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., there will be a ceremony to pay respect to 89 candles from around Saraburi. In the afternoon, there will be a parade at 2:30 p.m. and then the opening ceremony at 5 p.m.
19th-20th July 2016: There will be two rounds of giving flowers to the monks on both days at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The ‘Tak Bat Dok Mai’ is a Buddhist ceremony in which local people offer flowers to monks as a way of making merit. In addition to the offerings of cooked rice, food, incense, candles and sacred items, the Tak Bat Dok Mai ritual includes offerings of Dok Khao Phansa flowers that only come into bloom during the Buddhist Lent. People can go to offer flowers to monks at many temples nationwide but the most popular are in Saraburi Province.
Highlights on 18 July, 2016 will be the mass merit-making ceremony to 3,000 Buddhist monks, the ceremony to give 89 elaborately-carved candles to Phra Phutthabat temple, the procession of the elaborately-carved candles as well as cultural and floral floats, and the opening ceremony. On 19-20 July 2016, Buddhist devotees and travellers are invited to Tak Bat Dok Mai or present Dok Khao Phansa to monks ascending Phra Phutthabat temple’s steps to pay respect to the Buddha’s Footprint s well as wash the monks’ feet as a way of making merit and washing away sins that will take place twice – once in the morning and once in the afternoon. There are also other entertaining and educational activities, including the artificial floral-making contest, educational displays on the Buddhist Lent, and cultural performances.
For more information, contact:
Phra Phutthabat Municipal Office
Tel: +66 (0) 36 267 111
TAT Lopburi Office
Tel: +66 (0) 36 770 096-7
Map showing location of Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival:
GPS Coordinates: 14.718607, 100.788369