Many Buddhists in Phuket joined in candle ceremonies (Wien Tien) on Asahna Bucha Day last night (July 13th) at local temples.
Asanha Bucha Day is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month as it was the day when the Buddha held his first teaching, known as the four noble truths, after his enlightenment to his first five disciples 2,500 years ago.
Last night at 7:00 P.M. at Mongkol Nimit Temple in Phuket Town Buddhists led by the Phuket Governor Naroong Woonciew listened to sermons before performing the candle ceremony (Wien Tien) by walking clockwise three times around the temple’s stupa holding candles and flowers.
Today is the start of Buddhist Lent and also a religious holiday, which means government offices are closed and alcohol sales are banned. The long holidays continue until next Monday, the 18th, although alcohol sales are permitted from tomorrow, the 15th.