Did you know? Visak Bochea Day

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Cambodia celebrates Visak Bochea Day every year, the day of birth of the Buddha. As a Buddhist country, Cambodia marks the Visak Bochea Day as one of the most important public holidays observed across provinces and cities.

All Buddhists, especially the elders, visit pagodas to join the monks as they teach about the journey of the Buddha in gaining enlightenment.

The ceremony lasts until nighttime as people gather at holy places or in any place where there’s water so they can release floating lanterns and Pratip (illuminated floats) and pray for happiness.

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This year, we will be celebrating the Visak Bochea Day on May 18.

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