Tak Bat Dok Mai in Saraburi
21 images Created 22 Jul 2013
Thousands of people come to Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi province, about 90 minutes from Bangkok, for the first day of Vassa, the three-month annual retreat observed by Theravada monks and nuns. On the first day of Vassa (or Buddhist Lent) people come to the temple to "make merit" and present the monks there with dancing lady ginger flowers, which only bloom in the weeks leading up Vassa. They also present monks with candles and wash their feet.