MAGHA PUJA (Background Photo)
A public holiday in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, Mugha Puja commemorates the spontaneous assembly of 1,250 enlightened monks to hear Buddha preach his first important sermon. Buddhists aim not to commit any sins on this day, the second most important Buddhist festival after Vesak. To celebrate the land’s abundance, Laotians bring newly harvested rice to temples and food offerings to the Mekong River during what is also known as the Rice Festival. A “baci” ceremony is also held in villages to give thanks to the land and pray for the villagers.
Holi is a joyous Hindu festival that celebrates the coming of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It gets its alternative name 'Festival of Colours' from massive gatherings during which participants throw coloured powder and water on one another.