Spending Buddha Day 2019 on Zen Beach, Koh Phangan
Sunsets vary around the world. In Thailand, they are Devine. Most evenings people around the Island head to the beach where they can see a sunset to enjoy the final minutes of daylight.
Every evening in Koh Phangan was, for me, a magical and emotional moment.
Buddha Day was no different.
They named it Buddha Day, which was on 19th February 2019, also known as Makha Bucha Day. This day, set by the phases of the moon according to the Buddhist Lunar Calendar, is an important day for the Thai people. No alcohol can be bought in shops or bars to respect the Buddhist holiday.
Followers tend to give food offerings to monks, meditate in Temples or at home, take part in lighting candles in the evening.
The teachings from Buddha on this day were to cleanse the mind, do good things, and avoid evil.
Zen Beach is located on the east side of the island of Koh Phangan. I heard about lots of people coming here to do yoga courses to become a yoga instructor, and there being large groups of instructed yoga happening here (hence the name).
I stayed here for the music, sunset and general calming atmosphere. Many people gathered with drums and other instruments to sing and hum together to celebrate the holiday.
As the sun sets, the colours not only change rapidly but has many stages to it.
Initially people on the island notice the sun is setting around happy hour. Bungalows and beach bars nearby then