The End of Buddhist Lent, King Rama V Memorial Day | Oct. 13

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Date & Time

Sunday, October 13
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Highlights
  • Chanting, offering alms to the monks, sermon, and meditation
  • Presenting alms and Sanghadana to the monks
  • Thai music and Thai classical dance performance by the students of Wat Buddhanusorn Sunday School
Details

The End of Buddhist Lent (Awk Phansa) marks the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent period and the traditional end of the rainy season. The final day of the Buddhist Lent period falls on the full-moon day of the eleventh lunar moon and is known in most parts of Thailand as Awk Phansa, although there are some regional variations. According to Buddhist belief, the day commemorates when Buddha descended back to earth after spending three months in heaven where he had visited his mother. His return was greeted by his followers with gifts of food and today Thai Buddhists mark the event by visiting the wat and making merit. Different regions have their own way of marking the occasion, but it’s common at this time of year to see organized long-boat races.

Devo Rohana or “Tak Bat Devo” is a Thai Buddhist’s Celebration in which the laypeople traditionally share abundant amounts of food with the monks. “Tak Bat Devo” means to fill the bowls of the Buddha who came from heaven. In this event, the monks will be lead by the image of the Lord Buddha as they ceremoniously receive offerings from their lay supporters. This should remind us that the Buddha obtained food in this way during his lifetime over 2500 years ago.

Parking

Please carpool, parking spaces limited, use designated parking area only. **Please do not park on neighborhood streets.

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