Over 200,000 Buddhists gathered on Friday Zoom in to celebrate Makha Bucha Day.
One of the holistic days for Buddhists Makha Bucha day marks the full moon day of the third lunar month. That year, that date was February 26th.
When the Buddha lived thousands of years ago, 1,250 of his followers came to India to visit him without a scheduled meeting; they all came on Makha Bucha day today. These followers were called “enlightened ones” and the Buddha ordained them himself. He then taught three core principles of Buddhism: do not do evil; Do good; and purify your mind.
Buddhists also celebrate creating an ideal community on Makha Bucha day.
Typically thousands flock to the celebrations at the Dhammakaya Temple outside of Bangkok, Thailand, according to Reuters. The 2021 ceremony wasn’t surprisingly different, with Large gatherings are canceled amid the pandemic.
However, the authorities allowed the candle ceremony with precautionary measures. A selected 1,000 Buddhists attended the temple in person, and a 280 meter long LED screen was installed outside the temple for distant believers to pray.
The photos that were taken are an impressive reminder of how we can come together even during the crisis.