Live Music Venues Closed or Not Serving Alcohol On Makha Bucha Day

by | Feb 8, 2020 | Featured, Articles

This Saturday (February 8) live music venues in Bangkok are going to be closed/or not be serving alcohol out of respect of Maha Bucha Day.

Makha Bucha (or Māgha Pūjā) is the third most important Buddhist festival, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, and the creation of an ideal and exemplary (Buddhist) community. Although it had been celebrated by some pre-modern SE Asian communities, it became widely popular in the modern period, when it was instituted in Thailand by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. From Thailand, it spread to other South and Southeast Asian countries. It is said that on the occasion of Makha Bucha, the Buddha thought his disciples three principles: the non-doing of evil / the full performance of what is wholesome / the total purification of the mind. Apart from the religious meaning, it also reflects the Southeast Asian agricultural year, as it is celebrated after the harvest, and in recent times it has been presented as a day of spiritual love and gratitude.

Check out our Upcoming Events page for the venues that are going to have live music tonight.