108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony

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108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony

108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony actually starts from the eighth day of waning moon of the 12th month which is considered the real date for making merit. However, the tradition would start from the seventh day of waning moon of the 12th month from the afternoon.

The importance of 108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony is a tradition carried forward persistently in Bang Kruai District. It is usually organized at several temples along Bangkok Noi Canal, including Thai Charoen Temple, Bang Krai Nok Temple, Uthayan Temple, Wat Bot Temple and Bang Krai Nai Temple, so that people could participate in this Buddhist making merit activity for the sake of their good blessings and unity of community.

Ceremony: 108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony starts from the seventh day of waning moon of the 12th month. In the afternoon, each temple along the river will participate in a parade to represent their famous Buddha Images, such as Luang Po Akhom from Thai Charoen Temple and Luang Po Toh from Uthayan Temple. The lively parade will be led along the canal, as well as some Thai dancing shows at some specific point of parade in order to advertise to the public that 108 Monk Food Offerings Ceremony will be organized once again so that people could join make a merit on the following day. All temples would participate in this single huge parade.

The eighth day of waning moon the 12thmonth is considered a new date for making merit. Ceremony will start from 05:00 hours henceforth. There will be a massive number of people making merit crowdedly along the canal. Most of participants come by boat and usually prepare foods and desserts properly to attend the ceremony. People will then invite monks to the boats, 1-2 but not over 3 monks per boat with 3-4 rowers in order to receive foods and desserts from people. The ceremony will start altogether at every temple. All monks will be travelling in the same direction to pick up foods offered from people. For example, if the boat parade starts from right side, the parade will be led along the right side of the canal until the end and then it will return to the left side.

Each temple will present its famous Buddha Images with gorgeous decoration at the ceremony. People will be allowed to attach a golden paper to those Buddha Images and make a donation voluntarily for temple maintenance. The duration for merit making will be from 06:00 – 07:00 hours. During the ceremony, some people would also dress up as an anchorite or cover their head with yellow cloth to pretend as if they are monks attending the event.

 

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