Thousands of Buddhist monks gathered at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok on 11 February to participate in a beautiful candlelit ceremony marking Makha Bucha Day.

The festival, which falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month, commemorates a day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha and is seen as a celebration of his teachings. IBTimesUK presents some of the best photos of the festival, taken by AFP photographer Lillian Suwanrumpha:

Makha Bucha Day
Thousands of Buddhist devotees take part in evening prayers by candlelight to mark Makha Bucha Day at Wat Dhammakaya temple Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP