Cambodia Marks Annual Meak Bochea Day at Oudong

Cambodia celebratd the annual Meak Bochea Day this morning on the top hill of Preah Reachtroap (Oudong), Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Bhuddha’s relics is located.

The celebration was presided over by Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samring, President of the National Assembly, with many high-ranking officials, civil servants as well as thousands of Buddhist followers in attendance.

Representatives of foreign diplomatic corps accredited to Cambodia were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, 300 Buddhist monks, including Venerable Tep Vong, Supreme Patriarch General of the Dhamma Mahanikaya Order of Cambodia, were offered food, drink and cash.

Cambodia, as well as other Buddhism-practicing countries, holds the event annually. It is a public holiday and an occasion where the Buddhist followers are reminded of Buddha and his teachings.

Meak Bochea commemorates a great meeting of Buddha and 1,250 disciples and it is the day where Buddha announced his passing away, which would happen three months later. He correctly predicted his death and it is now remembered as Visak Bochea Day (which also happens to be his birthday and enlightenment day).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press