We missed Maetou Gaisorn at Wat Greensboro during the last few events, and yesterday her family nimon (invited) Phramaha Somsak Sambimb, Bhikkhu Pannadharo (Darrell Kitchen) and two monks from Wat in Morganton and also Wat in Lexington to perform a blessing ceremony for her. We took this opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving the Buddhist way, and the small Buddhist community of Conover, Newton, Morganton and Hickory came together to celebrate and give thanks, we are thankful for our boun and blessing.
On a technical note, I used to have so much problem shooting indoor due to poor lighting. This time I set my ISO to Auto and it’s good for me since I didn’t want to set it too low or too high. I also set the White Balance to Auto, and shot these photos in Raw instead of JPEG, it’s more work during the process but well worth it.
One of her grandsons became a novice monk in her honor. This is definitely a proud moment for any parents and grandparents, below is an image of him asking for permission to become a novice monk.
The money tree was hung by the family and friends, and the total received was donated to three Wats or temples that performed the ceremony.
Phramaha Somsak Sambimb performed the ceremony.
Burning long candles that measured the circumference of each family member’s head and elbow to wrist is part of a blessing ceremony.
Pra Kao Tip or meal was prepared for the spirit of passed loved ones.
It’s nice to see Maetou Gaisorn giving alms.
Another Canon fan on the right hand side.
One of the guests tied a white string around Maetou Gaisorn’s wrist for blessing.
Food offering to the monks.
A buffet style for the guests.
A Thai dessert called Bua Loi.
There were plenty of good Lao foods.
One of the monks went around to sprinkle blessing water for good health and fortune.
I loved her outfit and asked if I could photograph her, she hesitated at first but finally agreed. She shaved her head and I would love for her to take her Beanie off, but since it was cold I didn’t have the heart to ask her. She is beautiful in her traditional outfit.
Here is a picture that I took of her inside during the ceremony.
It is always a good idea to ask the homeowner for permission to photograph the event. I asked Por Sing if I could photograph the event for my blog and Wat Greensboro’s Facebook and he said okay. I posted more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook, click here to view more photos.