Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has encouraged Thai Buddhists to make merits on the Visakha Bucha or Vesak Day ceremonies today.
He also advised them to do good deeds and apply the Buddha's teachings to their lives.
Visakha Bucha Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, which are all said to have happened on the same date. It is held around the month of May or Vesak, based on the lunar calendar. It is also the public holiday.
According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha urged all citizens to let the good merit of the religious holiday uplift themselves, their families, their communities and the entire nation, urging them to do good deeds, make merit and take part in ceremonies for the day.
He reminded that Visakha is a very important day on the Buddhist calendar across the globe and is recognized by the United Nations. He bid Buddhists take pride in their faith and study its teachings before reminding that the government has organized activities to mark the day and can be joined in nationwide.
Gen Prayut invited all citizens to join in a ceremony this evening for Visakha Bucha Day to be led by His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace.
The ceremony will be televised live on TV nationwide.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)