Celebrating Vesak Day or Buddha’s Birthday / May – 24 Friday 2013

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Vesak Day is a holy day observed traditionally by Buddhists in many countries but done in a spectacular fashion in Thailand. Tim and I were lucky enough to still be in Chiang Mai when this holiest of holy days happened. Within the walled city of Chiang Mai, the night becomes ablazed with candles and an air of calmness as every Wat (nearly 300 in population) becomes filled with prayer goers.

As we drove around the quiet streets, it seemed all of Chiang Mai was praying in every Wat. In honor of Buddha's life, people walk around their local temple 3 times - holding candles and flowers and listening to the teachings of Buddha. The teachings which invoke peace and happiness are recited by monks over  a loud speaker. Buddhists are reminded to live in harmony with people from other religions and to respect the beliefs of other people as what Buddha taught.

Informally called 'Buddha's Birthday', it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death of Gautama Buddha.

Tim and I made our way to Chiang Mai's largest and most important temple, Wat Phra Singh. Strolling its large, breath taking grounds lit by candle light was indeed breath taking and was only further enhanced by the chanting and the full moon.

People walk around their local temples 3 times in honor of Buddha

Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai's largest temple

Paul lighting some candles in honor of Buddha

An unbelievable full moon shone that night as pray goers circled the huge temple 3 times, listening to the lessons of Buddha on loud speakers
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