Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has laid stress on the importance of Buddhism in the Cambodian society.
"Buddhism does not only make our people live with a peaceful spirit, but also contributes importantly to strengthening social order, peace, stability, development and maintaining the national identity," said the Cambodian premier in a Facebook post this morning while the country was celebrating the annual Meak Bochea Day.
Moreover, he added, Buddhism has taken a key part in building more understanding on moral values.
Cambodia is a Buddhism-practicing country with 95 percent of the population are Buddhists, and the constitution also stipulates that Buddhism is the state religion while the number of pagodas and monks increases from one year to another, he underlined.
According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, there are currently a total of 4,514 pagodas and 56,820 monks in Cambodia.
Meak Bochea commemorates a great meeting of Buddha and 1,250 disciples and it is the day where Buddha announced his passing away, which would happen three months later. He correctly predicted his death and it is now remembered as Visak Bochea Day (which also happens to be his birthday and enlightenment day)