Typically, the ascetics/monks engage in deep meditation. Lay Buddhists observe this time in a similar way Christians do during Lent and sacrifice a vice...no smoking, no meat, no alcohol and the like. There was a joyous feeling in the air. The buildings, the grounds, the smiling faces and the Thai food...all beautiful! It was very fortunate that I 'happened upon' this sacred event.
It was a wonderful way for me to begin my day. Namaste.
|The main entrance|
|Lay Buddhists prepared food, flowers, other items the|
monks may require during their retreat...along with
brand new robes to be worn at the celebration day at
the end of this period.
|Kluay Tod...fried bananas|
and Banh Cam...Vietnamese
sesame balls with sweet mung bean filling
|Nang Let, Khao Taen...rice cake with|
cane sugar drizzle (like caramel)
|Boat noodles and beef soup|
|Khanom Buang...sweet Thai|
crepe - with meringue and
foy tong on top...my favorite of
the desserts I tried
|Kanom Dok Jok...the flower|
cookie made in a brass mold
|Sticky rice wrapped in palm leaf|
and Gai Yang...grilled chicken