Over 200,000 Buddhists Mark Makha Bucha Day Online

Published February 28th, 2021 - 08:19 GMT

Over 200,000 Buddhists have joined Zoom on Friday, February 26th, to celebrate a special occasion. 

Makha Bucha Day is a public holiday across Thailand. It is usually observed in a different ways by lay Buddhists in local communities; this day is considered as one of the holist days for the Buddhist communities.

Moreover, according to the story, when the Buddha was alive thousands of years ago, 1,250 of his followers came to see him in India without a scheduled meeting; they all came on what is now known as Makha Bucha Day. His followers were said to be "enlightened ones," and Buddha ordained them himself. He then taught three core principles of Buddhism: Don't do evil; do good; and cleanse your mind.

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A Buddhist monk attends the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

A Buddhist monk attends the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks attend the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks attend the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks arrive for Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks arrive for Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks hold candles during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks hold candles during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

A screen of attendees, appearing via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, is displayed during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

A screen of attendees, appearing via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, is displayed during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

A Buddhist monk manages a video conferencing for people unable to attend Makha Bucha celebrations due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

A Buddhist monk manages a video conferencing for people unable to attend Makha Bucha celebrations due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Buddhist monks lead a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Buddhist monks lead a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A long exposure photograph shows Buddhist monks leading a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A long exposure photograph shows Buddhist monks leading a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A Buddhist monk attends the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks attend the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks arrive for Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks hold candles during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A screen of attendees, appearing via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, is displayed during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A Buddhist monk manages a video conferencing for people unable to attend Makha Bucha celebrations due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks lead a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A long exposure photograph shows Buddhist monks leading a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A Buddhist monk attends the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A Buddhist monk attends the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks attend the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks attend the Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks prepare to take their place ahead of prayers during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks arrive for Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks arrive for Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks hold candles during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks hold candles during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A screen of attendees, appearing via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, is displayed during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A screen of attendees, appearing via video conferencing, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, is displayed during Makha Bucha celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A Buddhist monk manages a video conferencing for people unable to attend Makha Bucha celebrations due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
A Buddhist monk manages a video conferencing for people unable to attend Makha Bucha celebrations due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at Wat Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok on February 26, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
Buddhist monks lead a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Buddhist monks lead a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A long exposure photograph shows Buddhist monks leading a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A long exposure photograph shows Buddhist monks leading a candlelight procession around Wat Traphang Thong to celebrate Makha Bucha Day in Sukhotai on February 26, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

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