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Visak Bochea

Day 7.

After 6 days of meditation, the monks pay homage to the birth of Buddha on the day of the full moon.

It is another early start, it is 4:30am.

Morning

Monks and novice monks prepare themselves to be ready for the last celebration of the week.

Saffron robe

Novice monks trying to wear correctly the saffron robe… a difficult excercice especially when some of the monks are temporary monks, just this week.

Orange

Orange is the color of choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia.

Pagoda

Young monk walking near his pagoda after his first meal of the day.

Rice

Almost 11am. Almost, lunch time.

It is a very important ritual for them as it is the last solid food they are allowed to consume until sunrise the following morning.

Afternoon

Relaxing time in front of the largest Buddhist monument in the world.

Solitude

Entering the silence

The walk

Almost 1000 of them lining up and…
walking around Angkor Wat.

Evening

The sky turns blue and the last evening is about to start.

Novices

The young novices are waiting to light their candle

Procession

Procession of monks walking up to the pools of Angkor Wat.

Visak Bochea

Buddha Day

Each year, Visak Bochea festival commemorates the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Every year, Visak Bochea Day, also known as Buddha Day and Buddha’s Birthday, which is a traditional holiday celebrated throughout the world by Hindus and Buddhists alike, is also celebrate in Angkor Wat. Hundreds of monks gather to the pagodas around Angkor area and inside the largest religious temple of the world for a very special and unique moment.

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20 May 2016