Merit Making

Merit Making

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon in Ayutthaya. Photo: Pichaya Svasti

Next Wednesday, Visakha Bucha Day, Wat Yai Chaimongkhon in Ayutthaya province will host the annual religious ceremony for Buddhists to make merit, present and wrap huge saffron robes around Phra Chedi Chaimongkhon, the temple’s principal pagoda. There will be alms giving and a robe procession to the pagoda in the morning.

According to history, the pagoda was commissioned by King Naresuan the Great in memory of his victory over the Burmese viceroy in an elephant-back battle.

Visakha Bucha Day marks the Full Moon day of the sixth lunar month when the Lord Buddha was born, became enlightened and left this world for nirvana about 2,600 years ago.

Call Wat Yai Chaimongkhon at 035-242-640 or the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Ayutthaya Office on 035-246-076/7.

Buddhist ceremony in Uttaradit

From May 10-18, the Atthamee Bucha ceremony will be performed at Wat Phra Borommathat Thung Yang in Laplae district, Uttaradit province.

Held for eight days from Visakha Bucha Day for over five decades in this northern province, this event depicts the cremation of the Lord Buddha.

This year, a highlight is the procession of a robe bearing the emblem of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and bestowed by the princess to the temple. Other activities are May 18’s light and sound show depicting the cremation of the Buddha, cultural performances and boxing.

Call Thung Yang Municipality at 055-816-595 ext 27 or call the TAT Sukhothai office at 055-616-228/9.

Alms giving

On Tuesday, Phra Upakhut Viharn near Prachuap Bay in Prachuap Khiri Khan province will host a special alms giving ceremony called Takbat Phen Phut from 7pm to shortly after midnight,

Participants will pray and meditate together from 7-9.30pm. From 9.30-11pm, some of the monks will deliver sermons. From 11pm-midnight, all of them will participate in a ceremony to make merit for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. One minute after midnight, 59 novices and monks will start receiving alms from Buddhists.

According to belief, a Wednesday Full Moon night is when Phra Upakhut, a disciple of the Lord Buddha, who is immortal, would be awakened after a long meditation to seek alms. Those who give alms to him will be saved from sin and enjoy great fortune.

Call the TAT Call Centre 1672.

Balloon Fest

From tomorrow until Sunday, the “Amazing Balloon Festival @ Hat Yai” will take place from 4-9.30pm at Chira Nakhon Sports Stadium in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province.

The event will showcase five regular balloons, 10 fancy balloons in animals’ and cartoon characters’ shapes and three mini balloons from 13 countries around the world; the Balloon Night Glow light and sound shows; a cosplay show, balloon parades, big band music, LED Water Drum Show and a food fair.

Call the TAT Hat Yai office at 074-231-055 or 074-238-518.

Fish eating fest

Until May 13, the “22nd Fish Eating And Prized Goods Of Sing Buri” festival is at the provincial hall in Muang district, Sing Buri province. The festival will showcase local fish dishes from snakehead fish and promote local tourism.

Highlights are the making of 9,999 papier mâché fish and the cooking and sale of food and desserts prepared from snakehead fish. Other activities include a beauty contest, singing and dancing contests, retro dances called ramwomg, agricultural exhibitions and the sale of farm produce and local products.

Call the TAT’s local office at 036-770-096/7 or the provincial public relations office at 036-507-135.

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