Thai events

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April 21 Sonkran Festival.  Thai New Year is also celebrated.

It is also known as the Water Festival, as people believe water will wash away bad luck.  The family gathers to show respect to the elders by pouring water onto the hands of their parents and grandparents and to present gifts to them.  This is to make merit.  The results are dedicated to their ancestors.  The elders in turn wish the younger people good luck and prosperity.

The laity clean the Buddha images in the temples.  It is believed this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.  After performing a bathing rite for the Buddha images and monks in the afternoon, everyone enjoys splashing water on one another.

Sand is brought to replenish the dirt the people carry away on their feet during the rest of the year.  The sand is piled into large, tiered piles and decorated with colorful flags.

Later, the laity performs community service, a way of giving.  This is the most basic way to happiness in Buddhism.


Morning events: 10:00-12:00 AM

Chanting, monks alms round, transfer merits to one who has passed away, offering requisites ceremony, offering food to the monks, receive blessings from the monks, lunch together.

Afternoon events: 12:30-3:00 PM

Asian youth classical dancing, gratitude ceremony, giving respect to the elders, sand pagoda ceremony, ending.

May 19 Buddha’s Day

More info later.