(known as Asanha Puja
) is a Theravada Buddhist
festival which typically takes place in July, on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eighth lunar month
. It commemorates the Buddha
’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares
and the founding of the Buddhist sangha
. In Thailand
, Asalha Puja is a government holiday.
The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. The following day is known in Thailand as Wan Kao Pansa; it is the first day of vassa, the Theravada rains retreat.