Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

Updated video on 10/26/2011:

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At the end of the 3-month rains retreat monks are allowed to move from place to place, and are eligible to receive new robes in an annual presentation ceremony called Thot Kathin.

Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. It was a beautiful Autumn day and we had a good turnout.

Besides new robes, we are also allowed to make financial contributions, building materials and other items are also presented to monks on this special occasion. Thon Kathin or the money trees that the Buddhist worshippers joined in and hung their monies to be donated to the temple as part of the Kathin offering.

Kong Boun was also presented to the monks.

Morning Alms giving.

The tradition gets passed down from generation to generation.

The foods offering to the monks.

Food offering to passed loved one.

The parade for Hare Kathin Samakee where the Buddhist worshipers brought gifts, food, and yellow ropes to the monks.

As you can see that it’s very festive, I’ll try to post a video next if you watched the video.

The presentation of Kathin.

I always looked forward to shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables.

There was a live band.


  1. Sounds like a full day of events… It is nice to see large group of devoted followers like you and your families.

    BTW, distance wise… between the Charlotte and this temple, which one is farthest from Hickory???

    • Hi seeharhed, it’s closer to Charlotte but a lot more traffic, it takes us 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Wat Greensboro. I think the choice of temple has nothing to do with distance, it’s more of respect to the monks and temple and our family have a high regard for Ajarn Somsak and that’s why we attend this temple for the events.

      It’s a long event, we didn’t stay for the music since we had to drop off Bo’s niece in Salisbury on our way back.

    • Thanks lady0fdarkness, sometimes I don’t understand either. It seems that my camera has a life of its own and I’m glad that this set came out nice.

  2. Hey, Nye! Seems like a good time. Hope you didn’t work too hard that weekend. Btw…did you tried that Pho? …..I like to know what is “pho MAE bo”. Never heard of it.

    • Hi Dallas, it was a long weekend since we had a party for Lee’s birthday at my house on Saturday. I’m looking forward to a more relaxing weekend ahead. πŸ™‚

      I didn’t try the pho, not sure what pho MAE bo is and from the name of it I thought her name was MAE (as in mom) Bo. It looks like a normal pho to me.

  3. Hi Nye, This is without a doubt my favourite post on your blog, although I have not yet read every post. πŸ™‚ The photos here are just amazing!! Excellent captures and closeups Nye! Such beautiful Lao colours, patterns and art, really great! I love the photo of the woman in the green silk top, she reminds me abit of my mum. She looks so beautifully content with life. Is it just me, or have you also noticed that a lot of older Lao women look very much alike, with their round faces, their black/or grey “gow (9)” pom, and their beautiful traditional Lao tops, par pear, and sinh. Full of character and very adorable.

    • Thanks Ngeun for your nice compliment. I love visiting the temple and events and capturing life here and there. I think the beauty of the Internet is to be able to share photos, videos and ideas. It doesn’t get better than this. Old people come with age and wisdom, and photograph does captured the beauty well. The lady in green is Mae Tou Sorn, she’s in her 90s, and has spent many years living at the temple and helping out. She lives with her children now since she is older and harder to get around. I usually make prints for them when I see them at the temple and they loved it. πŸ™‚

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