Family Thailand Tour 2020
Sangkhla Buri | Thailand
07 Feb 2020 | Fri
Day 13 of 18
Alms Giving Ceremony at Mon Bridge Sangkhla Buri
Life in Sangkhla Buri is simple but full of culture and tradition. One of the most important traditions is the alms-giving ceremony at Mon Bridge. Every morning, the monks from the nearby temple walk across the bridge to collect alms from villagers and tourists. They are given (offered) food and other necessities, and in return, the monks bless them. This centuries-old tradition is an important part of life in Sangkhla Buri.
This daily event is seen as a way to bring people together and strengthen the bonds between different members of the community. It also served as a reminder of the importance of giving back to those who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
It is also common for locals to dress in traditional Thai outfits and apply Tanaka face paint (see below) as a form of respect for the monks. If you are just visiting the area, there are people there who can provide this clothing for the ceremony (unfortunately, if you are tall, you’ll probably be out of luck).
The alms-giving ceremony in Sangkhla Buri is an important event for the Mon people. It is a time for them to give thanks to their ancestors and to the spirits that have protected them. It is also a time for them to ask for forgiveness and to request guidance in the future.