Cambodia Celebrates Visak Bochea Day

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 Senate President Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum with the participation of His Holiness Buddhist Supreme Patriarch General Tep Vong, Buddhist Supreme Patriarch of Dhamma Mahanikaya; and His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry, Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayuttikaya of Cambodia.

Ambassadors of Buddhist countries accredited to Cambodia were also present at the event.

Meanwhile, some 300 Buddhist monks invited to the event were offered foods, drink, and cash in order to praise the soul of death for the peaceful lives.

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: Agency Kampuchea Press