Alms giving is an important activity of monks with the following objectives;
- Allowing people to make merit reduce frugality.
- Providing monks with food for sustaining the religion.
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the landmark and major temple for Mae Hong Son to annual ceremonies include New Year’s Day and especially the End of Buddhist Lent Day in which a unique alms-giving ceremony is held.
How to give alms and offer food to the monks.
This is an activity to do good thing according to our religious belief. Offering alms food to the monks and to do good things or donate money to charity.
Early morning monks seeking alms from villagers. We will prepare set of things to give alms in tray. [Rice – Food – Fruit or Dessert – Water – Set of Flower / Incense Stick / Candle] And when the monks seeking alms and coming up to your location.
– Pay respect to the monk.
– Invite the monk. (We say Ni-Mon.)
– Hold up the food in tray up to your head.
– And pray the thing you wished.
– Offer food to the monk as step following.
- Rice – Food – Fruit or Dessert
- Water – Set of Flower
- Incense Stick / Candle
– Sit down or bend down and pay respect.
– The monk prays.
– Receive blessing from the monks.
If we want to pour water of dedication to whom was pass away. Please ask the monks to pray and you will have to prepare bottle of water and small bowl before that. We able to pray and pour water of dedication that by your own at home or somewhere peaceful after finish.
Finish and start your day with proud and to do good things. The world will be as one.
Activity for the monks in the morning. The monks wake up 5 o’clock in the morning and then prepare to seeking alms. They will be start from temple around 6 o’clock upon seasonally the sun rise, how far from temple to village or community area and how many people to make merit especially Buddhist Religious Ceremony Holy Day. The monks will be back to the temple and they have breakfast before 8 o’clock.
The lotus is a discourse to us Buddhists on the deepest meaning of our religious beliefs. Growing out the thickest mud as it does rise through murky waters to present the purity of its corolla to the air and sunlight.
Today’s offering may be a little less edited than usual however. You will use similar flower or local flower is available upon your convenience.
Mae Hong Son is a good opportunity to make merit by offering food or giving alms to monks in the morning. Because the local people practices around the city. The merit goods able to buy and preparing. Here is the slow life city, enjoy your journey.