Enjoy the Vesak Day festivities in Koh Samui - AsiaRooms.com
April 14, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com divulges towards the end of May, anyone staying in hotels in Koh Samui will find a big religious celebration taking place.
Between May 22nd and 28th, Buddhists all over Thailand will pay tribute to their deity.
Vesak Day, which is also known as Visakha Bucha, is the most important festival in the Buddhist calendar.
Every year, followers of the religion will head to temples to hear sermons from monks and take part in some of the processions being organised.
Buddhists will also offer donations and prayers at the many shrines and temples around the country.
If you are staying in hotels in Thailand during this time then you will not fail to notice the streams of people making their way to the religious buildings.
One of the highlights of the festivities for visitors are the candlelit parades which often take place around Thailand's temples.
The celebrations are always timed to coincide with the full moon and therefore the date of Buddha's birthday varies from year to year.
If you are staying on Koh Samui then the biggest events are likely to be centred around Wat Phra Yai, which is home to one of the island's most famous landmarks - Big Buddha.
This golden statue of the deity stands at 12 metres in height and is an impressive sight, particularly in the evening when it is lit up.