Wat Thai was established to promote the teaching of Lord Buddha or the religion known as "Buddhism" primarily to the Thai people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Thai people come to Wat Thai for all religious ceremonies that follow the same traditions that have been followed in the past by their Thai ancestors in Thailand. At the temple, the people have the opportunity to receive instructions from the monks on the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Recognized as most important memorial day in Buddhism, The Visakhapuja Day reminds Buddhists the important of Lord Buddha's teachings, both spiritually and socially. The day marks the same day - the full moon night of the sixth lunar month - when Lord Buddha was born into this world, attained enlightenment 35 years later, and passed away when he was 80.