Cambodian PM Sends a Message on Visak Bochea Day

AKP Phnom Penh, May 18, 2019 —

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has sent a message to the Buddhist followers all over the world on the Visak Bochea Day.

“Today, not only Cambodians, but also all Buddhist followers around the world celebrate this very important religious festival,” said the Premier in a Facebook post this morning.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also highlighted the annual event’s meaning and its recognition by the UN as an international religious festival on Dec. 15, 1999.

The Prime Minister wished all his compatriots as well as Buddhist followers longevity, nobility, health, strength and intelligence.

This morning, thousands of Buddhist followers from all walks of life in Cambodia gathered at Phnom Preah Reachtroap (Oudong) in Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located, to mark the Visak Bochea Day.

This annual celebration was presided over by Senate President Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum with the participation of His Holiness Buddhist Supreme Patriarch General Tep Vong, Buddhist Supreme Patriarch of Dhamma Mahanikaya; and His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry, Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayuttikaya of Cambodia.

Ambassadors of Buddhist countries accredited to Cambodia were also present at the event.

Meanwhile, some 300 Buddhist monks invited to the event were offered foods, drink, and cash in order to praise the soul of death for the peaceful lives.

Visak Bochea Day, which is a birth, enlightenment, and nirvana day of Master Buddha, for the Buddhist countries, including Cambodia, was internationally recognised by the United Nations in 2000. It is a public holiday and an occasion where the Buddhist followers are reminded of Buddha and his teachings.

By Khan Sophirom