August 4, 2015
Wan Asahna Bucha, the first full moon of the 8th lunar month, commemorates Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park of Penares, India, and the founding of the Buddhist monkhood.
It is the official start of the rainy season, the rice planting season and . . .
. . . the beginning of a 3 month Buddhist Lent.
Very large candles, meant to last the entire 3 month lent period, are for sale everywhere . . .
. . . as well as flowers . . .
. . . to decorate the temples.
And maybe some sugarcane . . .
. . . for the elephants.
During lent, the monks do not travel, and many buddhists give up eating meat, smoking and drinking.
It is also the day when many men and boys enter monkhood.
Young monks are everywhere sweeping, polishing, pulling weeds . . .
We found it was the best time to visit the temples, because they were their most beautiful . . .
. . . they literally glowed.
Where we saw scaffolding a few weeks ago, temples now looked like new.
After visiting the temples, we finally tried the Cowboy Hat Lady for Rice, Egg, Pork (so much for giving up meat for lent . . . click on the pic for a youtube link about the Cowboy Hat Lady)
That evening we went to our local temple. Young monks were preparing for Wian Tian, a candlelight ceremony . . .
We saw the chedi lit up for the first time. It was quite spectacular with the full moon.
My photographer for this post, Catherine.
wan asahna bucha
wat chiang man
wat Pra Singh
wat chedi lueng