Makha Bucha commemorates the full moon day which falls on the third lunar month of the year.
Though sources differ slightly, it is generally believed the festival originates from the first sermon given by Lord Buddha, nine months after his Enlightenment, when 1,250 monk disciples appeared spontaneously to hear him speak. To celebrate the full moon anniversary, Buddhists have been visiting temples to hear sermons and perform good deeds.
The most spectacular event though, is the candlelit procession where Buddhists and monks carry a lighted candle, flowers and an incense stick in a clockwise direction around temples. These items represent the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, his teachings and the monkhood.