Propitious Day of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand

22 February to 19 March B.E. 2567 (2024)
The propitious day of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand fell on 24 February this year, coinciding with
Makhabucha Day, the Enshrinement of the Relics of the Lord Buddha, along with the Relics of his
two esteem disciples’ relics – Ven. Arahant Phra Sariputta and Ven. Arahant Phra Moggallana.
During this period from 22 February to 19 March B.E. 2567 (2024), Buddhists in Thailand and
neighboring countries were invited to pay homage to the holy relics. These sacred relics were
temporarily enshrined at Sanam Luang Main Ground in Bangkok, Thailand, under the auspices of
His Holiness Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, who
conducted a ceremonial enshrinement. The World Fellowship of Buddhists, alongside various
Buddhist organizations in Thailand, were honored to participate in this historic ceremony. Notably,
this marked the first time the holy relics of Lord Buddha and his two Arahant disciples were
exhibited together outside of India.
The Royal Thai government, in collaboration with the Bodhigayavijjalaya 980 Institute and the
government of India, respectfully facilitated the transfer of those revered relics from the Republic
of India to Thailand. This gesture formed part of the festivities commemorating the 72 nd Birth
Anniversary of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phravajirakloachoayuhua. H.E. Nagesh
Singh, the Indian Ambassador to Thailand described it as a “Landmark event” in bilateral relations
between the two countries, as the relics rarely travelled outside India.
Following their respectfully display in Bangkok, the holy relics proceeded to be enshrined in
Chiangmai, Ubonratchathani, and Krabi Provinces respectively from 15 to 18 March, continuing
their journey of reverence and veneration across Thailand.