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Magha Puja Day is one of the most important Buddhist celebrations which falls on the full moon day
of the third lunar month (about last week of February or early of March). This day marks the great four events
that took place during Lord Buddha’s lifetime, namely;
1. 1,250 Buddhist monks from different places came to pay homage to Lord Buddha at Valuwan Vihara
in Rajgaha, the capital of Magadh State, each of his own initiative and without prior notification or appointment.
2. All of them were the enlightened monks (or Arahantas).
3. All of them had been individually ordained by Lord Buddha himself (Ehi Bhikkhu).
4. They assembled on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
On the evening of that day, Lord Buddha gave the assembly a discourse “Ovadha Patimokha”
laying down the principles of His Teachings summarised into three acts, i.e. to abstain from bad action,
to do good and to purify the mind.
Wat Thai Washington, D.C. provides the opportunity for you to come and join the ceremony as a
part of the annual celebration for the cultivation of meritorious deeds.
|February 25, 2017|
|6:00 a.m. Morning chanting by the monks and congregation
7:00 a.m. Breakfast served to the monks
10:00 a.m. Religious ceremony, chanting by the monks
10:30 a.m. Offering food to the monks on their alms round
11:00 a.m. Lunch served to the monks
11:30 a.m. Lunch served to congregation
12:30 p.m. Religious ceremony, candlelight procession sermon in Thai by the abbot