Buddhism, Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

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

Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Songkran Festival 2016 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 17, 2016. The celebration was later than the actual New Year celebration which was celebrated on April 13 to the 15th in Southeast Asia, it's celebrated for 3 days. Cups of sand were prepared for Jaydee Cide or sand… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2016 at Wat Greensboro

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Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 19, 2015. It rained in our area, traveling to the temple was difficult and by the time we got there it amazed us that there's not a drop of rain and the temple is only 1 hour and 30… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

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Evening Temple, Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival

One of the most memorable events I attended was attending Wat Lang or evening temple and Lai Heur Fai Nam or Loy Krathong Festival at our local temple Wat Greensboro. I used to think that Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival were the same event, and that Lai Heur Fai Nam is a… Continue reading Evening Temple, Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival

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Songkran Festival 2014 at Wat Greensboro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o8RyIyexFw We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 13, 2014. We had a good turnout and the weather was exceptionally nice, it was in the 80s. Songkran is one of the biggest events at our temple. It is the time of the year for a new… Continue reading Songkran Festival 2014 at Wat Greensboro

Buddhism, Community, Cultural, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

The Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

Sunday July 21, 2013 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. It is called Kao Punsa for the locals and it's the tradition of Buddhist Lent or 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… Continue reading The Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

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Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro

Click here to watch this video on YouTube 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… Continue reading Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro

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Kathin Ceremony November 4, 2012 at Wat Greensboro

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/52983153 w=515&h=290] Click here to watch this video on YouTube 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… Continue reading Kathin Ceremony November 4, 2012 at Wat Greensboro

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New Year 2012 at Wat Greensboro

It has been a tradition for our family to visit the temple on New Year's Day.  My sisters came down from NYC to tum boun (merit making) for our mom, it has been 5 years since her passing.  The normal service time is at 9:30am and we got there before the service, a few joined… Continue reading New Year 2012 at Wat Greensboro

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Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

Updated video on 10/26/2011: Click here to view this video on YouTube At the end of the 3-month rains retreat monks are allowed to move from place to place, and are eligible to receive new robes in an annual presentation ceremony called Thot Kathin. Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. It… Continue reading Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

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The End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

October 12th marked the end of the three month rains retreat, and last Sunday we celebrated Ok Punsa or the end of Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. The tradition of Buddhist Lent or the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early… Continue reading The End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

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Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2011

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/22539838 w=500&h=400] It must be the sunshine after the storm, the weather was exceptionally nice and we had a good turnout. Today we celebrated a Cambodian, Lao, and Thai New Year. I think many people have a misconception when they pray to the lord Buddha. I overheard one lady telling her daughter that when she… Continue reading Pee Mai at Wat Greensboro North Carolina 2011

Lao Folktales, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Today is the start of the water festival in Laos and Thailand. This is a story told in Laos to explain why Lao people pour water on each other on the New Year in the fifth Lunar month. The story is called Nang Sangkaan. The origin of the parade of Nang Sangkaan is not Buddhist,… Continue reading Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

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Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival

This post might be late for Lai Heur Fai Nam, but early for Loy Krathong Festival. I left Laos when I was only 6 year old and I can't recall if I ever get a chance to Lai Heur Fai Nam but I think I would have since we lived near the Mekong river in… Continue reading Lai Heur Fai Nam and Loy Krathong Festival