We celebrated 1st Sart Thai Festival at Wat Greensboro on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The temple called it small Sart day, and the big Sart day will be in 2 weeks. Sart day is a Buddhist tradition where it’s a memorial day for the dead, it is a time to remember dead relatives and merit making on their behalves. This is a belief that once a year the hell gates open for 15 days for the deceased ancestors to visit their living relatives. Lao people called it Boun Kao Padap Din where the Laotians also believe that once a year the hell gates open for souls in hell to come visit the living world. People would leave foods around the temple gates or under big trees as offering to the spirits.
Foods offering to the monks.
Please see more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook 1st Sart Festival (Kanben) or Merit Making Transference
There are several lower falls along the way. I bought my tripod with me to capture the longer shutter speed that blurs the moving water, and having to hike with camera gears wearing flip flops was not ideal.
I never thought that we would get to the big Falls, the path kept going up hills.
It’s well worth the hike.
This was from the top of the falls.
On the way down was a lot faster and I have more time to admire nature.