Thai monks pay homage to Buddha in impressive ceremony

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Thai monks pay homage to Buddha in impressive ceremony
Buddhist devotees bow as they pray during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist devotees meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist devotees meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist devotees hold candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A Buddhist novice holds a candle during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist devotees hold candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist monks hold candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Buddhist devotees sit next to candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon rize in the night sky during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist monks meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Thai Buddhist monks joined other devotees at the gates of Wat Dhammakaya temple on Monday to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies in Pathum Thani, Thailand.

Makha Bucha is a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha's mass sermon to the first monks 2,559 years ago.

The ​festival, observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month, pays homage every year to the day those 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha.

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