Last Saturday, on the 28th of December 2013, 10,000 monks gathered in Changklan road, not far from Chiang Mai’s walled town, in Northern Thailand, for a mass alms-giving ceremony. Alms-giving plays an important role in the Buddhist tradition of Thailand. By offering food to the monks, not only are Thai people supporting Buddhism, but – based on the Buddhist doctrine, they’re also making merits, whereas merits contribute to attract good luck and spiritual growth.
It was Greg Goodman of Adventures of a Good Man – whom I had the pleasure to meet personally some time ago – who first tipped me off about this mass alms-giving procession which is held annually in Chiang Mai, and I didn’t have to think twice before deciding to go.
Here’s a selection of pictures – to see more pictures of the event, visit this gallery on my photography website:
…or the story published on Demotix: