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Showers of lotus flowers mark end of Buddhist Lent in Thailand

 

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A Golden Buddha statue floats along a river, receiving flowers from believers, during the Lotus flower festival, to mark the end of the Buddhist lent, in Samut Prakan, Thailand October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of Thai devotees lined the banks of a river winding through Bangkok on Thursday to hurl lotus flowers onto a barge carrying a golden Buddha to celebrate the end of a three-month period marking Buddhist Lent.

 

From before dawn, people gathered along the river bank clutching bunches of white lotus flowers as a symbol of purity. Many wore face masks to ward against coronavirus and the crowds also included Buddhist monks in bright saffron robes.

 

As the barge carrying the golden Buddha passes, people traditionally pray for good fortune and then throw their flowers, which eventually cover much of the statue.

 

A flotilla of boats, some ornately decorated, escorted the barge as it made its way slowly down the river.

 

Other activities were also held, including a speed boat contest and a carnival.

 

Thailand has suffered relatively few infections during the global coronavirus pandemic compared to many other countries, allowing authorities to lift many restrictions on social gatherings.

 

Known in Thai as "Khao Phansa", the period of Buddhist Lent is a time when monks stay in their temples to meditate.

 

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42 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

 

Thailand has suffered relatively few infections during the global coronavirus pandemic compared to many other countries, allowing authorities to lift many restrictions on social gatherings

Yea yea whatever .. never the opportunity passes without a bang on the drum .. 

 

55 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

flowers

 

56 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

also included Buddhist monks in bright saffron robes.

 Florist friar's maybe .. 

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My wife is going to the Tempel on Saturday to celebrate the end of the Thai lent ,and why today ,the Whon -Plat , monks day is tomorrow, when it is the full moon ,end of the Thai lent the day after. 

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Known in Thai as "Khao Phansa", the period of Buddhist Lent is a time when monks stay in their temples to meditate.

We had 9 monks to bless our house last Sunday???

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