Cambodia To Mark Meak Bochea Day Tomorrow

Cambodia will celebrate the annual Meak Bochea Day on the top hill of Preah Reachtroap (Oudong), Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Buddha's relics is located, on Feb. 19.

This year's celebration will be presided over by Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samring, President of the National Assembly and attended by high-ranking officials of the Senate, National Assembly and Government with the participation of many Buddhist followers.

As many as 300 Buddhist monks will join the celebration for blessing.

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

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