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Lotus Flower Receiving Festival

Lotus Flower Receiving Festival

Being a district in Samut Prakan which has a large number of lotuses, Bang Phli is famous throughout Thailand for its Lotus Flower Receiving Festival. The 14th full-moon night of October ‘s morning is the last day before the ending of the Buddhist Lent. Mekong river tours Vietnam

Lotus Flower Receiving Festival

Lotus Flower Receiving Festival

Buddhists come here to gather the flowers for representations to monks according to local tradition. This activity is regarded as great credit by the people of Bang Phli so they volunteer to reserve the flowers for dispensation to visitors who row to the district to receive them every year. This tradition has gradually become one of the most famous festivals called the “Rap Bua” (lotus receiving) festival.

This festival has been maintained for many generations. Ritually, local people stand along both sides of the canal and throw lotus flowers onboard the boat bringing the huge duplicate of “Luang Poh To” Buddha image. These lotus flowers are bringing the meanings of the worship to the Triple Gem – the Lord Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangka. The visitors will also be invited to take part in their merit-making by the gesture of throwing lotus flowers onto visitors’ boats of the Bang Phli local people. Tours Indochina Vietnam

Buddha image

Buddha image

Local people stand in a queue along the both banks of the Klong Samrong river and throw lotus flowers onto a boat which ceremoniously brings a large image of the honorable Buddha. Wat Bang Phli Yai temple where the journey starts every year is the place where this image called Luang Poh To is kept.

People also regard the Lotus Festival as a kind of Valentine’s Day in Thailand. Many young men and women stand along the river banks waiting for receiving one of the blossoming lotus flowers offered by their lovers. The interesting festival is held each year on the day right before the end of the Buddhist Rain Retreat – the Buddhist Lent. It is also one day before OK Phansa which is on the full moon.

People happily join in the festival

People happily join in the festival

There are also many other boats on the canal beside the boat carrying Luang Poh To. Coming with it are about five or six big colorful floats and several hundred smaller boats belonging to local people. Their own rowers all wear traditional Thai costumes. Some stay still by the banks of the canal watching these colorful boats while others continuously move up and down.

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