Today is วันเข้าพรรษา (waan kao phansa) which is the Buddhist Lent Period.
17th July is the Start of the Buddhist lent period in Thailand. Our whole family went to the temple to receive blessings and offering needs to the monks
My grandmother created a bucket of essentials for our family offerings to the monks. Bless her..
her reputation for kindness and cooking is well known in our village.
Waan Kao Phansa is a period of three months during the raining season where monks are required to remain in particular place or temple, this year it runs from 17th July to 13 October 2019 (Wan Awk Pansa : วันออกพรรษา)
This tradition originates from old times when Buddha stayed in temples during the rainy season to avoid killing insects or harming any growing plants. It is a period for study, meditation and teaching of new monks. The monks are allowed to go out during the day but they must sleep in the same temple every night during these three months.
Two main important things presented to monks during Khao Pansa are the candles and garments worn by monks, especifically the bathing robe, which is no difference to any other Buddhist holly day.
Wan Khao Phansa is also the national “No alcohol day”. All venues are prohibited from wholesale or retail distribution and sales of alcohol, except hotels. Even when we have a shop no one at home is allowed to have any alcohol.
The temple we attended is called Wat Ang Toei, there were a large number of attendance Lining up to give offerings and receive blessings, I saw many candles, which in the older days there was only candle light to be used around the temple, and on the entry of the rainy season, Some believe that as a result of this custom, they become brighter, and smarter – similar to the characteristics of the candlelight. This tradition passed on from generation to generation and it is still present today.
There are also activities to keep the kiddies entertained. That’s where I was most of the time, and for many who are at the temple all day there are plenty of food stalls to keep you going for the day.
There is definitely a lot of religious celebrations here, but they are all worth experiencing because there is always a fun part to it, and not only you’ll enjoy yourselves but you will def feel good.
Here is to good health and happiness