200,000 Buddhists Gathered on a Giant Screen Via Zoom to Celebrate One of Their Holiest Holidays

A 280-meter-long screen shows virtual devotees participating in an online candle lighting ceremony at Wat Phra Dhammakaya on February 26, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
A 280-meter-long screen shows virtual devotees participating in an online candle lighting ceremony at Wat Phra Dhammakaya on February 26, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Pha Sanitwong Wuttisangwo, the Dhammakaya Temple’s communications director, told Reuters that technology played a key role in the ceremony this year.

“With the technology that we have today, we are able to connect with people via Zoom so that devotees can join us online,” the director said.