I have been busy with my work for so long that I do not have time to show my picture here. I would like to present here the series of pictures for the flower offering festival from the start to end of this event. Tak Bat Dok Mai, the Flower Offering Festival, is an important event of Phra Phutthabat district. This impressive merit-making ceremony is held to coincide with the start of the annual three-month Buddhist Lent (around June-July) when Buddhist monks must stay in their temples. In the morning, the people will offer food and candles to Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan, Tambon Khun Khon, Phra Phutthabat district. They will go to collect a kind of flower called The Flower of Buddhist Lent, to offer to the monks for merit. The herb-like flower has yellow or white colors and is found at a hillside only during the Buddhist Lent period in Saraburi. While the monks come along the passage to bring the flowers to pay homage to Lord Buddha's Footprint, people will wait at the stairs with a bowl of clean water floating Mimusops. They will pour the water onto the feet of the monks and the novices as a means of cleaning ones mind.
The festival starts from the morning with people offering food to the monks.
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kinginexile (2598) 2007-05-24 2:20
Hi Naret, surprised to see you posting again, and glad I checked the Asia gallery tonight. A sharp, colorful image, the compo out of choosing a long range fits well the character of the scene, everyone is together, yet the secular and religious are aptly delineated thanks to the 2 main colors in presence, orange and white. The movements of each one, the curves or crescent made by the people in line, and the sense of restraint and modesty imparted by the occasion are unmistakable, and evoke the grace with which thai people so often go about their daily lives.
kai (422) 2007-05-24 5:56
Beautiful colorful photo with a great note : )