1st Sart Festival (Kanben) or Merit Making Transference at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated 1st Sart Thai Festival at Wat Greensboro on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The temple called it small Sart day, and the big Sart day will be in 2 weeks. Sart day is a Buddhist tradition where it’s a memorial day for the dead, it is a time to remember dead relatives and merit making on their behalves. This is a belief that once a year the hell gates open for 15 days for the deceased ancestors to visit their living relatives. Lao people called it Boun Kao Padap Din where the Laotians also believe that once a year the hell gates open for souls in hell to come visit the living world. People would leave foods around the temple gates or under big trees as offering to the spirits.

Almsgiving

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Foods offering to the monks.

Please see more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook 1st Sart Festival (Kanben) or Merit Making Transference

Wat Lao Buddhavong July 2nd and 3rd, 2016

This is our tenth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia. This year’s celebration was held on Saturday, July 2nd, and Sunday, July 3rd. Every year I look forward to the event but this year I was so burnt out from work that I got sick on my vacation. This was not the first year that I got sick on the week of the 4th, and hope to be in better health next year.

The last few years the temple had less and lesser people attending the July 4th event, and this year was the worst. We were told that many temples were holding the July 4th  event at their local temples and that’s why they didn’t have a good turnout.

They brought in local Lao and Thai singers, local meaning from the US. In the past years, the temple brought in famous Thai singers from Thailand and had good crowd until the last few years. I felt really bad for the singers, they did an awesome job and I certainly enjoy recording their performances.

Jackajan USA Nicole

Spencer

Mam Parwadee

Myhom Praewnapa was the only Thai singer from Thailand, she is new and certainly performed well.

Toui BbGun

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Playlist for all the videos posted on youtube,

The Buddhist Lent Day 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. On the day we also observed Asalha Puja Day, the day of the announcement of the first sermon of the Buddha also known as the Sangha Day. The Buddhist Lent Day is the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early Buddhism in ancient India, this is the time where monks spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings. This is to avoid unnecessary traveling during the period when crops were still new for fear that they might accidentally step on young plants.
Alms’ Bowl.
Food offering to the monks.
Alms giving.
Offering the robes and candles to the monks.
Local vendors
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Huge Jackfruit from Florida.
It’s nice to see that the offering flowers were mostly flowers from the garden.
Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of The Buddhist Lent Day 2016.