February 22, 2016 – Cambodia today marked on the Meak Bochea’s Day, the day Lord Buddha announced his passing-away.
Held at the foot of Preah Reach Trap Mountain in Kandal province, the religious event was presided over by Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong, chief of the Mohanikaya Buddhist sect, and Supreme Patriarch Bour Kry, leader of the Dhammayut Buddhist sect, with the participation of thousands of Buddhists.
The annual ceremony was to commemorate the day when Lord Buddha declared his passing-away, which would happen three months later, and to mark the ordainment of Buddha’s first 1,250 disciples who spontaneously came to see him and listen to his sermon on that day.
“The Meak Bochea’s Day is an important religious event for Cambodia, where Buddhism is the state religion and more than 95 percent of the population is Buddhists,” Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote on his official Facebook page today.
On the day, laypeople pray to Lord Buddha and give alms to monks in order to dedicate to their ancestors.