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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.

ndia HOLI

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.

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