Buddhists Celebrate Magha Puja

Want to see more photos from Magha Puja celebrations throughout Southeast Asia? Browse the #MaghaPuja hashtag and these location pages: วัดปทุมวนารามราชวรวิหาร (Wat Patumwanaram), พุทธมณฑล (Phutthamonthon), and วัดเสมียนนารี (Wat Samien Nari).

This year, February 25th marks the full moon of the third lunar month, a day observed by Buddhists throughout the world as Magha Puja. The day celebrates a series of auspicious events in the life of the Buddha, which culminated in an important teaching that laid the foundations of Buddhism.

The observance of Magha Puja, which is a public holiday in Cambodia (មាឃបូជា), Laos (ມະຄະບູຊາ), Myanmar (တပေါင်းလပြည့်နေ့) and Thailand (มาฆบูชา), varies by location, but can include candlelight processions, pagoda festivals and meditations.