Today is a Buddhist holiday here in Thailand and it’s a big one: Visakha Bucha (also spelled as Visaka Puja). This day, according to Buddhist belief, celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha. Think of it as a three-in-one bonus: all of this stuff happened on the same day! Hey, I can’t help it, I love poking fun at ALL religions, and Buddhism doesn’t get a free pass either. But I have to say that I do have much more respect for Buddhism — and interest in the way that it’s linked to the fabric of daily of life in Southeast Asia — than I have in the fanatical belief systems that are found in Western countries.
Seeing as how it’s Visakha Bucha today — and also a holiday under other names in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar — I thought it fitting to post some Buddhist-themed photos, all taken during my recent trip to Myanmar.