Māgha Pūjā or Makha Bucha is an important religious festival celebrated by Buddhists on the full moon day of the third lunar Month for over than 2500 years old. It marks the four auspicious occasions which happened nine months after the Enlightenment of the Buddha near near Rājagaha in Northern India.
- It was the full-moon day.
- There were 1,250 Sangha followers, that came to see the Buddha that evening without any schedule.
- All of them were ordained by the Buddha himself.
- All of them were “Arhantas’,the Enlightened One.
The Buddha gave those 1,250 Arhantas principles of the Buddhism, called “The ovadhapatimokha” describing purpose, principles, and procedures to the synergy of the spread of Buddhism for the peace and happiness of mankind.
- Alms-giving Ceremony – Start early in the morning on Makha Bucha day with Tak Bard, offering food to the monks in the alm bowl.
- Mass meditation and lunch offering
- The Ceremony of Circumambulating and Lighting Lanterns on Magha Puja Day