The Dragon Boat race was on Saturday and I missed it to attend a local Boun event. It was a memorial service ceremony in remembrance of passed loved ones, and their pictures were at the top left hand corner of the image below.
The money tree of Tonh Ga La Pirk was there to give friends and families the opportunity to Tum Boun or merit making with the host families.
Lee offered her money by hanging it on the tree. The money was then donated to the temple.
Some offered money in envelopes. What is unique about this ceremony is that there is a bed called Gong Bung and on it contains items that we want our passed loved ones to have in their afterlife. The Buddhists believe that in the spiritual world, our passed loved ones still use these items. We want them to have the necessities of the daily life convenient such as pillow, blanket, plates and bowls, and other items.
The ceremony was performed by monks chanting.
Long candles made by the family were lit as part of the ceremony as monks chanting.
Ajarn Somsak of Wat Greensboro performed the ceremony below.
The foods were prepared for offering to the monks after the chanting ceremony.
I didn’t feel well and didn’t stay for the whole ceremony. My sister drove us home and the sky was nice with a few streaks of clouds here and there. I was hoping to see the Super Moon but it was too cloudy on Saturday night. I’m glad that I took the picture of the moon on Friday night, it’s a day early but it is still the Super Moon to me.
All photos were taken with Canon T2i, and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.