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We celebrated a Lao Pee Mai, Khmer, and Thai New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 14, 2013. We had a good turnout, surprisingly more so than the previous years.
The weather was exceptionally nice, good weather to celebrate the water festival, but of course the celebration is totally different than from back home. It’s less water splashing in the US, and more shaving cream. Even this Persimmon tree got a little splash of shaving cream to ring in the New Year.
This is my first time seeing a Jaydee (stupas) made of rice bags and money tree center piece.
People brought in foods to offer to monks and there must have been at least 2000 tiny bowls, I should know since we end up washing the dishes.
I’m happy to see so many people visiting the temple, the Alms line went all the way to the back.
Food offering to the monks.
Jaydee Cide (Sand Stupas)
Offering the money tree to the temple.
We pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our soul.
We songk nom pra or pour water over monk’s hands for blessing.
Bird release ceremony
Khmer New Year game
Live music and Lumvong (Lao/Khmer/Thai traditional dance)
There’s not that many vendors this year, I guess most didn’t expect such a good turnout and many didn’t setup their booths.
Please visit Wat Greensboro Facebook to see more Songkran photos.
All photos were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.