BANGKOK, 2 May 2012 The Cabinet has granted 150 million baht to organize the celebration of the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment.
Acting Government Spokesperson Anusorn Iamsa-ard has announced that on the auspicious occasion of Lord Buddha’s 2,600th anniversary of enlightenment, the government will organize a grand celebration.
A seminar for Buddhists from across the globe will be held, while nine Buddha sculptures will be constructed to celebrate the occasion and honor Their Majesties the King and Queen as well as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.
A gold casting ceremony to cast a Buddha statue and other celebrative events will be held at Sanam Luang. During May 25th-June 8th, 99 male civil servants will ordain into monkhood as a gesture of merit-making for His Majesty the King.
Vesak day generally commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Lord Buddha. However, Vesak 2012, which falls on June 4, holds a special significance as it will also mark the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment.
(NNT : Nuttaporn Chanchokpong)