Monks, monks and more monks – 10,000 to be precise

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:

International Alms Offering to 10,000 monks – Chiang Mai, 2013

…or the story published on Demotix:

Alms offered to 10,000 Buddhist monks – Chiang Mai

Buddhist monks sit on a wooden stage at the gathering point for a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
Buddhist monks sit on a wooden stage at the gathering point for a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
Thousands of Buddhist monks pictured as they attend a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
Thousands of Buddhist monks pictured as they attend a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
Thousands of Buddhist monks pictured as they attend a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
Thousands of Buddhist monks pictured as they attend a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
A novice Buddhist monk holds an alms bowl as he attends a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
A novice Buddhist monk holds an alms bowl as he attends a mass alms-giving ceremony in Chiang Mai.
A woman prays on the roadside while watching the procession.
A woman prays on the roadside while watching the procession.
A woman puts her alms into a monks alm bowl.
A woman puts her alms into a monks alm bowl.
A line of monks at the last round of alms walk in front of a security officer.
A line of monks at the last round of alms walk in front of a security officer.
A group of young women clasp their hands and sing when monks walk in front of them.
A group of young women clasp their hands and sing when monks walk in front of them.