The 31st Anniversary Celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong July 3-4, 2010

This is our fourth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong, and my first year able to do videos of the event.  Video clips take up a lot of memory that I had to shoot sparingly and it also meant taking less photos this year.

According to our Buddhist belief, Tuk Badt or Almsgiving is believed by many that it’s a Boun (merit making) of life, that they’ll live a long and healthy life which technically speaking by Tuk Badt, they’re offering foods to the monks to sustain their livelihoods. We Busa (donate money for) the alms bowl this year, it was $10 and Lee was putting the sticky rice in the monk’s bowl.

Candles and incense sticks for worshiping.

Near the Lotus pond sits the statue of King Kabinlaphom, the father of Nang Sankaan.

I believed this is Pra Pisounee in Thai language, a female monk.

This is also a final resting place for many, and for some of us, this is a family reunion.

Sadly there are many monuments that have not been visited and shows sign of wear and tear. I guess their families have forgotten about them.

Laos water buffalo stands proudly across from the Lotus pond.

It’s heart warming to see souvenir items from Laos.

Ping gai (Lao style barbecue chicken)

Kao Larm, a sticky rice dessert and here we have white and purple sticky rice.  I wonder if the light green one was a young sticky rice.

Lychee fruits

There were many performers that I didn’t get to do a full video on. I was running low on battery and memory, I’m talking about my camera here.

Tum Lehsee

11 comments

  1. That’s a lovely temple. It is quite interesting to see one outside of Laos. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful posts with your readers.

    • Hi Jeffrey, you’re welcome and thanks for taking the time to watch my videos. This Wat is big but it still needs a lot of work in terms of landscaping and the individual interest has delaying the progress and I hope things will work out for the best soon.

  2. I notice 1/4 of the video was of the papaya salad. 😉
    The Hmong dance is interesting. I have never seen it before.
    There were other monks with different type of robe. Who were they?

    • Hi Dallas, the papaya salad stand is where you get the most up to date news. 😉

      The monk that sat by herself is a female monk call Pra Pisounee in pasa Thai, I think she is American. The other two male monks I’m not sure, but I know that they are not from Wat Lao Buddhavong, might be guest monks that visited the temple during the Boun event.

  3. the three other monks look like their from the Mahayana tradition. Again, great post though.

    • Hi bassak, thanks. They do look different for the Theravada Buddhist monk and I think they came together.

  4. I’ve yet to visit a Laos Temple,I still have to do that soon!! Looks like a nice event to go to!!! Looks like you guys have a blast!! I haven’t really blogged about my vacation since I’ve been so tried from the trip!!!

    • mozemoua, you need to check out the temple in GA, I heard it’s nice also. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of your trip, I’m not even sure how I would do Scott’s assignment with mine.

    • mozemoua, I shoot with the Canon T2i for both photos and videos with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

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