Alms Giving on New Year’s Day at Sanam Luang

Thai Buddhists like to start the new year by offering alms to monks. They believe that by making merit in this way that they have given themselves some good luck for the new year. The events were organized all around Thailand but these pictures were taken by the Bangkok Tourist Division at Sanam Luang.

People started arriving at Sanam Luang in Bangkok as early as 6 a.m. They stood behind tables  where they placed the food and essentials. The ceremony itself started when the Bangkok Governor arrived at 7 a.m. to light the candles and incense sticks. After a religious ceremony, 285 monks then went up and down tables accepting dried food and essentials from the people.

Source: Bangkok Tourism Division

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