October 20: End of Rains Retreat rescheduled to this date.
10:00-12:00 Chanting, dhamma talk, taking five precepts, alms, lunch.
November. 10: Kathina and Loy Krathong, the festival of lights
10:00-12:00 Chanting, taking of the five precepts, dhamma talk, alms, giving robes to the monks, dana, lunch.
1:00 Kathina Offerings, then Loy Krathong floating of flowers at the pond.
Since the time of the Buddha, laity have offered robes and supplies to the monks at the end of the Rains Retreat, celebrated today as Kathina. This exemplifies the close bonds between laity and monks. This year, apparently, the monks are free to travel at a special end of the Rains on October 20.
For Loy Krathong in Thailand, people make tiny boats, decorate them with flowers, lights, and incense, and put them in the river to float away one’s defilements. The festival is celebrated at Buddhangkura, too. If you wish, bring something to offer to the Buddha. The purpose is for peace and happiness.