New Year’s Day Celebration at Wat Greensboro

We went to Tum Boun (merit making) at our local temple Wat Greensboro on New Year’s Day. It has been our family tradition to visit the temple on New Year’s Day, and also for many families that were there.

I always feel at peace when visiting the temple, the incense aroma filled the Buddha room.

Many offered offering flowers for the lord Buddha on New Year’s Day. 

We performed Bungsakoun ceremony (merit making) for our mom since it’s closed to her death’s anniversary January 7th, it has been 8 years since her passing. I’m glad most of us could make it for the ceremony, my sisters and nephew came down from New York for the week. 

Our temple is currently under renovation so there are exposed walls and the ceremony was moved to the great room (or living room) of the temple. 

The monks were performing Bungsakoun ceremony (merit making) for our mom below, two meals were prepared, one for our mom and one for Pra Kao Thip (or meal) for the lord Buddha.

My oldest sister from New York offering the merit to our mom for this Alms giving.

Lee offering her Alms giving.

The meal was offered to Phramaha Somsak Sambimb and Phramaha Thanom Sonwongsa after the morning Alms giving.

Phramaha Somsak gave our family blessing water for the New Year.

Also tied white strings on wrists for good luck.Thank you for your interest in reading up to this point, I wish you happiness, good health and a prosperous New Year.


  1. “I wish you happiness, good health and a prosperous New Year.” — I wish the same for you and your family.

    Looks like it was a cold day!

    • Thank you Adam for your visit, it’s not as cold in our State but I’m sure a lot colder than where you are. I do miss living in Thailand.

      • I’ve been in parts of the North or Isaan during cold season where temperatures have gotten down into the 50s Farenheit — not too bad by North American standards, but what with drafty / open buildings and no heat or hot water…brrr! Or maybe I’m just turning into a wimp. 🙂

          • 555, I often see people walking around in a moderately heavy jacket, hat, etc., when it’s like 90 degrees out — but I think it’s usually because they’re in their “motorcycle” clothes; I don’t know how they stand it, though….

            • I was visiting my cousins in Laos and Thailand in November 2008, and they wore Jackets, hats because they were afraid to get dark. I don’t know if it helped.

              I see you’ve picked up the 555 from the local. 🙂

              • Sometimes I have the impulse to include 555 in a comment, and then I realize that it’s a blog where (probably) no one will get it, LOL (or: ห้าห้าห้า) 😀

                • Only the Lao and Thai will get it, and it becomes second nature to use it for those that live or from that region, I think it makes more sense that LOL.

                  • Well, LOL only gives you a description of what sound is being made, whereas 555 (read in Thai) is actually imitates the sound of laughter; so it’s kind of more direct.

                    I think it’s more fun than LOL — but only roughly 65 million people will get it…. 🙂

  2. Thank you for stoping by. I am excited to see more photos from you. I definately am inspired by your blog and photos! 🙂

    • Hi Lisa, blogging is a lonely path for me but certainly not at your blog and you have many interesting stories to share and looking forward to see the little one. 🙂

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