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Monks, dignitaries join to mark Meak Bochea

Monks, dignitaries join to mark Meak Bochea

Cambodia’s two supreme Buddhist patriarchs were joined by several foreign dignitaries on Oudong Mountain for a celebration of Buddhist holy day Meak Bochea.

Tep Vong, head of the Mohanikay sect – Cambodia’s largest Buddhist sect – and Bour Kry, leader of the Dhammayuttika sect, led the observance of Meak Bochea, said Chhin Ketna, secretary-general of the National Committee for Organising National and International Festival.

“The Meak Bochea celebration is to remind [us of] the advice of Buddha,” Ketna said yesterday. “Before the Buddhist era on the full-moon day in [the month of] Meak, Buddha set up a meeting consisting of 1,250 apprentices, and he also put an end to his life at 80 years old, as [that was] the day that he went to Nirvana.”

Representatives of embassies from several countries, including India, Thailand and Vietnam, joined the ceremony, at which about 500 monks brought offerings of rice to the sacred site.

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