By The Nation
The rite, which also kicked off the Buddhism Promotion Week, was jointly chaired by Phra Thep Weeraporn, the abbot of the temple, and Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat.
Diplomats from Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Vietnam, Bhutan, Laos and Myanmar took part in the rite.
Vira and the abbot led the diplomats in a procession around the temple to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Lord Buddha on Visakha Bucha Day.
Vira said Asean’s Visakha Bucha rites were also held at several temples in border provinces, including Tak, Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Songkhla, Satun, Trat and Ranong.