Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Luang Prabang: Monk Procession at Dawn

Every morning at dawn, villagers from Luang Prabang gather along the sides of the street to offer alms to the monks.  This woman had a basket of rice to offer.
Every single day, hundreds of monks dressed in saffron-colored robes process through town to collect their daily food.  We were told they don't eat anything beyond what they collect each day.

Sunrise was at about 5:30 am, so we woke up at 5 and quietly walked to a space on the street where we could sit and walk.  It isn't a tourist event - it is real, and it felt a bit strange to be sitting there watching/taking pictures.  But it was truly incredible to witness.  There were several other tourists near us, but almost all of them respected the event, kept their distance and stayed seated.

Men can stand to offer the gifts, but the women kneel.  Everyone wears a scarf draped over their left shoulder.

Beautiful, sacred event - and so special to witness.

Time lapse of one of the groups of monks getting rice from a villager.

Here is a very thoughtful write up of the event by another blogger: 

1 comment:

Andy Brown said...

Great post Haley, and thanks for linking to mine! I'm glad the tourists behaved themselves this time. Nice photos too - mine got lost somewhere in Vientiane so it's great to see yours.