Pisak Bochear ceremony in Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville. More than 500 Buddhist monks joint the Pisak Bochear procession last Tuesday. The ceremony started at 13:00 at the Two Lions Square and went through the Eakereak Avenue to finish at the new Buddhist shrink on the Independence Park with the assistant of several faithfuls.
Pisar Bochea commemorates the birth, enlightening and passing away of Siddharta Gautama, Buddha or Preah Puth in Khmer. According to the tradition the three events happened during the same date (the full moon of Pisath (Buddhist calendar) that fall on May 17 this year (2011).
Theravada Buddhism or the Ancient Wisdom tradition is the oldest Buddhist school in the world and it is practiced in Cambodia by about 97 percent of its population. Only in Sihanouk province there are 32 pagodas with more than 500 monks known in Khmer as Preah Song.