The Meak Bochea Day is held during the full moon of the month of Meak in commemoration of the spontaneous gathering of the monks to listen to the Buddha’s preaching.
Meak Bochea Day is an important Buddhist celebration that marks a spontaneous gathering of 1,250 monks to listen to Buddha’s sermons. The gathering is attributed to four miracles occurring nine months after Buddha’s enlightenment, on the day of the full moon during the third lunar month. At this miraculous gathering Buddha preached a seminal sermon outlining the principles upon which, Buddhism is founded. Today Meak Bochea is a colourful festival with monks gathering at the temples and praying from Buddhist scriptures. The wats fill with Cambodians who come to pray and offer tributes of food to the monks.