Posted on Feb. 24, 2017
The Songkran festival, celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day, falls at the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. The term comes from the Sanskrit Sankranta and means “a move or change” — in this case the move of the sun into Aries — Mesha Sankranti. Most importantly, Songkran is a time of renewal, a time for people make resolutions to refrain from unskillful behavior and to cultivate skillful behavior in the year ahead. People celebrating Songkran as a Buddhist festival go to the wat (monastery) to offer food to the monks and listen to the Dhamma. They pay respect to and bless all the monks by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai perfume over their hands.
The alms round will begin at 9:00 AM and the water blessing will begin around 12:30 PM.
Posted on February 24, 2017
Vesakha (Pali), is a holy day observed by all Buddhist traditions. It is sometimes called the “Buddha’s birthday,” but in fact it commemorates his awakening (nibbana) and final passing (parinibbana) as well as his birth. The name “vesakha” comes from the name of the lunar month falling around April-May.
To commemorate these events we will circumambulate the sala three times with offerings of flowers, candles and incense. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM and will be followed by a Dhamma talk and hour-long meditation.
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