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SongKran at Thai Temple

Officially Thailand celebrates New Years Day on January 1. In ancient times, New Years way the first day of the waning moon of the first lunar month. This means that New Years was celebrated on different days from year to year. In these times, New Years Day occurred in late November. During the reign of King Rama V [masked]) New Years day was changed twice; the last time New Years was celebrated in April. When Thailand became a constitutional monarchy New Years Day was officially changed to January 1.

Remember that during the reign of Rama V, New Years was celebrated in April. Typical New Years activities in rural Thailand include exchanging gifts & greetings; water throwing (keep that in mind), building sand pagodas, and honoring elders. In rural Thailand April is a much better time to celebrate. January is too cold for many of these activities. It is also harvest time. April, on the other hand, is much better – the temperature is warmer and farmers are free from harvesting.

This year's festival will include:

10:20 a.m. Congregation gathers in the Main Temple.
10:30 a.m. Pundit requests the Five Precepts from the Monks. Monks give the Five Precepts an blessing. Pundit leads in offering alms to the Monks.  Monks collect alms from the congregation.
11:00 a.m. Congregation Offers lunch to the Monks in the Hall.

12:30 p.m. Congregation gathers in the Main Temple.
-- The Abbot, Phra Krue Vi-Tas-Suth-Ta-Kun, gives a Sermon.
-- Pundit requests Dharma.
-- Monks chant and blessing for the ancestors.
-- Monks randomly receive robes and bless the offerings.
01:30 p.m. Congregation gathers to form a parade to lead the Buddha Statue.
01:40 p.m. The Buddha Statue Parade begins the three rounds of right hand circling of the Main Temple
02:00 p.m. Pundit leads chanting in sprinkling perfumed and fresh flowers petals water to the Buddha statues and Monks and elderly. 
Congregation will also sprinkle perfumed water on each other for good luck and good health and prosperous New Year.

Celebration of Thai Lunar New Year concludes

For those of you who have been to Songkarn before you know it is quite a celebration. You may want to bring some dry clothes if you join in on the sprinkling perfumed water part of the festival.

 

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    A former member

    Love it this year I was there for the water events

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great there. I left a little early but had a lot of fun and some great food.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the market still open to the public during this celebration?

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bring some cash as there are many Thai home made dishes for lunch!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A day of fun and a neat place

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pat will be there if anyone needs translations or help in the Temple

    April 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ขอบคุณ!

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Photg and 1 guest

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there for at least part of the events. If it is as interesting as the LoyKrathong it will be well worth the trip.

    April 8, 2013

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