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Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. The Kathin Ceremony is held within 29 days after the three-month rains retreat where people have a grand festival of offering gifts, food and yellow ropes to the monks.
It was cold on Sunday and we had a good turnout.
Many Buddhist worshipers brought Thon Phapa or money tree from home.
In order for our temple to Thot Kathin there has to be a minimal of 5 monks and Wat Greensboro only has 2 monks. The temple invited 3 monks from Wat Lao in High Point to perform the Kathin Ceremony. Below is morning alms giving.
Lee and my niece sold jewelry to help raise money for the temple.
We realized that it’s hard to sell jewelry at a temple event, so next year we might add Spring Rolls and Papaya Salad to the menu.
Bo helped and he sold some earrings and bracelet.
Her persimmons were $5 per bag.
The fun part was the parade around the temple ground, if you have time do checkout the video.
Many brought gifts for the monks.
We came back to the temple to offer our gifts to the monk.
One of the monks from Wat Lao in High Point.
Lee and my niece made $54 total and they both donated $27 each to the temple to help with the bathroom fund. The bathroom construction is going well and hopefully it will be completed by next year’s Songkran event in April of 2013.
A Thai doctor and her medical team came by to give the monks and Buddhist worshipers flu shots.
I posted more photos at Wat Greensboro Facebook, 2012 Kathin Ceremony folder.