Buddhist Lent Candle Procession in Hua Hin

Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Jira Phongphaiboon has informed us that at the beginning of July there will be one of the most important day in Buddhism, that is Buddhist Lent Day.  Therefore, Hua Hin Municipality is going to hold Buddhist Lent Candle Procession in the hope of celebrating the incoming Buddhist festival which the Buddhists have passed down since Lord Buddha's lifetime.

The commencement of the three-month Buddhist Lent, Known among Thais as Khao Phansa, traditionally falls on the first day of the waxing moon of the eighth lunar month. During this period, coinciding with the rainy season, Buddhist monks and novices remain in their particular monasteries, discouraged from spending nights elsewhere.

The custom of spending three months of the rainy season in a fixed place is a ritual successfully observed since the time of the Lord Buddha.  In those days, however, villagers attributed young seedling damage at the start of the planting season to unnecessary travel by monks. Realizing that monks on pilgrimages could accidentally tread on young plants, the Lord Buddha decreed that his followers spend three months of the rainy season in permanent dwellings.  Buddhists believe that offering candles to monks as a means of light will also brighten up their future. These candles are known as Thian Phansa.

Hua Hin Municipality will provide a chance of conserving this festival to people by holding Buddhist Lent Candle Procession in July 3rd 2009, at Phon King Phet Monument Park from 07.00 in the morning.  During the opening ceremony students from loca schools will perform Thai musical.  Then at 09.00 municipal administrators and councilors and other sectors will join the procession and offer candles to monks in temples around Hua Hin.  Please join us at mentioned date and time for passing down our good culture to our next generation. For any inquiry please call Educational Division, Hua Hin Municipality, 032-532433 ext. 402.   

Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya

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