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Asarnha Bucha and Khao Pansa

Today is the revered Buddhist day of Asarna Bucha marking three important events: the first sermon given by the Buddha, the birth of Buddhism and the establishment of the Sangha when the first person became a Buddhist monk.

Tomorrow is the full moon and as such, Khao Pansa, or the start of Buddhist lent. This alos marks the start of the rainy season where monks withdraw to the temple for three month and follow the main precepts of Buddhism.

As with all major Buddhist celebrations, the sale of alcohol is prohibited all bars and many restaurants will be closed on 15th and 16th July.

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