BANGKOK, 16 July 2019 (NNT) - The Ministry of Culture has sent off a Lent candle procession on the occasion of Asalha Puja Day and Buddhist Lent Day and has encouraged Buddhists nationwide to preserve Buddhism.
Culture Ministry Permanent Secretary, Krisayaphong Siri presided over the send-off ceremony for the Lent candle procession during Buddhism Promotion Week 2019. He said the Department of Religious Affairs has cooperated with agencies under the Ministry of Culture, and Bangkok Cultural Council to make proceedings a success.
Organizations for the Promotion of Buddhism at Educational Institutes, Moral Communities and members of the private sector are to co-host the procession of Lent candles to 10 temples in Bangkok. They are the Maha That Yuraratcharangsarit temple, Rama IX Kanchanaphisek temple, Phra Sri Maha That temple, Uthaitharam temple and Lard Phrao temple. Buddhists traditionally believe that the giving of candles and appearance of electric lights brings prosperity to life.
This year’s event which is being organized nationwide and continues until July 17 calls for Buddhists to observe the Buddhist Precepts, reduce or refrain from any vicious conduct throughout the season of Lent, attend the Lent candle ceremony, join in a candle light procession around temples and alms-giving ceremonies, attend Buddhist prayers and join in volunteer activities.