Makha Bucha Day
ACTIVITIES TO BE OBSERVED ON MAKHA BUCHA DAY
'TUM BOON': Making merit by going to temples for special observances, making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching, giving some donations and join in the other Buddhist activities.
I saw plenty of Thai people (mainly women) on their way to a local temple to do exactly this. Often gifts for the monks are carried along and handed over to the monks at the temples.
'RUB SIL': Keeping the Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks and all kinds of immoral acts.
This one is difficult to check but in theory everyone sticks to this.
'TUK BARD': Offering food to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl).
This is a daily occurrence but may be more widespread today.
Practice of renuciation: Observe the Eight Precepts, practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
Saw a few females today wearing white robes.
'VIEN TIEN': Attending the Candle Light Procession around the Uposatha Hall, in the evening of the Vesak full moon day.
his will be held at various temples around the island, including Wat Plai Laem and we may be there tonight.