Vesak is one of the most significant days for Buddhists worldwide: This includes the people of Thailand, where more than 95% of the population practises Buddhism. Whilst the day of Vesak may depend on the country, it usually falls in May. If you head over to Bangkok, you will notice an array of celebrations across the capital city. Vesak marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Buddha. On this day, Buddhists will gather to offer flowers to statues of Buddha, decorate temples, raise the Buddhist flags, and sing hymns.
During Vesak day, the Buddhists visit temples in Thailand and engage in rituals to show respect to the Buddha. Consecrated spaces will be adorned with beautiful decorations, and fragrant flowers surround Buddha statues. What’s more? Magnificent temples like Wat Traimit, home to a golden statue of Buddha, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, will be filled with devotees. If you choose Pathumwan Princess Hotel, a world-class luxurious Bangkok hotel near BTS, both temples are less than 5 km away!
On Vesak day, Buddhist devotees will wake up early and visit the temples to sing sacred songs praising the noble Triple Gems of Buddhism: Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. These gems symbolise the Buddha himself, his teaching, and Buddha’s followers, respectively. You will also notice many houses and shops decorated with beautiful lanterns and Buddhist flags. If you wish to visit the vibrant Bangkok, consider May next time as you can witness a glorious celebration.