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Friday 1st June 2007
Pattaya celebrates “Visaka Buscha”.

The three most important holy days of the year for Thai Buddhists all include the word "Bucha", which means to pay homage. But the most auspicious of the three is Visakha Bucha, which simultaneously commemorates three important anniversaries in the life of the Lord Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment, and his death. The Lord Buddha passed away exactly 80 years from the day of his birth. On that day, 2550 years ago, when the count of the years of the Buddhist Era began, the Buddha achieved the ultimate goal of merging his enlightenment with Nirvana, freeing himself forever from the eternal cycle of death and reincarnation which is the fate of lesser mortals. His death occurred on the 15th day of the waxing moon of the 6thlunar month and it is on this day each year that Visakha Bucha is celebrated. On Visakha Bucha Day, Buddhists from throughout Thailand demonstrate their high regard for the Triple Gems of Buddhist philosophy: The Lord Buddha, the great teacher; The Dhamma, Lord Buddha's teachings; and The Sang ha, the brotherhood of Buddhist monks. We attended the Chaimongkon Temple on the South Pattaya Road where thousands of Thai’s and Foreigners took part in the evening’s ceremony which included a procession around the Temple three times, known in Thai as “Vientien”. We also made our way to the Gitapawan Temple in Banglamung where the Sunbeam Hotel in Central Pattaya and King Seafood Restaurant on Walking Street sponsored food and drink for worshipers at this particular Temple.