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Thailand celebrated Buddha Day on May 10
In Thailand, Buddha Day was observed on May 10 just like in India, though in many other Buddhist countries, the day is celebrated on different dates.

During my visit to Thailand during the first week of May, I visited a few Buddha temples in Bangkok where the preparations were on for the celebration of the Buddha Day. Before leaving for India, I visited Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon temple in Ayutthaya located at a few hours drive from Bangkok.

I was told that Buddhists carry flowers, candles and joss-sticks to the temple to pray during Vesak or Buddha Day, which is an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon temple in Ayutthaya.

In Thailand, the followers place flowers, candles and joss-sticks on the temple complexes. These symbolic offerings are made to remind the followers that life is subject to decay and destruction and hence it is worthwhile to live with simplicity, living kindness, humility and morality.

Often, the Buddhists wear a simple white dresses and spend the whole day in temples with renewed determination to observe the eight precepts of Buddhism.

In most temples, a small statue of Buddha is placed in a small basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. The devotees pour water over the statue; it is symbolic of the cleansing of a practitioner's bad karma.

Devotees also listen to speeches given by monks and recitations of Buddhists to invoke peace and happiness for the government and the people.

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