“Buddha’s Buddhist Lent Day” 2022 known as “Buddhist Lent flowers”, an important symbol of the rainy season.

Open the history of “Buddhist Lent” and the benefits of offering candles ready to get to know “Flowers of the Buddhist Lent”, a symbol of the tradition of offering food to monks “The only tradition in the world” and is also considered a plant of the rainy season.

for “Long vacation” The first period in July There are two hidden religious days, which are “Asarnha Bucha Day” and “Buddhist Lent Day” before Bangkok online business Take a look at the history and importance ofAsan Bucha DayIt’s gone. This time, I invite you to dig into the history.”Buddhist Lent Day 2022“Let’s get to know each other and get to know each other.”Lent flowers” A symbol of the tradition of offering alms to flowers in the Buddhist Lent named as “The only tradition in the world” and is also considered a plant of the rainy season.

1. “On the day of the Buddhist Lent”, monks must stay in the rainy season throughout the rainy season.

Buddhist Lent Day is an important day that monks pray that they will rest in one place. throughout the rainy season for a period of 3 months as stipulated by the Dharma and Discipline without having to stay overnight elsewhere or commonly known as champhansa (“Phansa” means rainy season, “remember” means live).

Lent ceremonyThis is considered a direct ordinance for monks. It cannot be ignored under any circumstances, starting from the first day of the waning day of the 8th month of every year and ending on the 15th day of the 11th lunar month or the Buddhist Lent day.

2. History of “Buddha’s Buddhist Lent Day”

When the Buddha had not yet enacted the Discipline for the Sangha for the disciples to live in the Buddhist Lent The monks went on a journey to spread Buddhism in different places. without giving up both in the summer, the rainy season, and the winter The monks did not stop roaming even during the rainy season. causing damage to the villagers’ sprouts

When the Buddha found out Therefore, there is a regulation for monks to stay at the temple for 3 months.during the rainy seasonand will not be able to stay overnight elsewhere but if you have already left and cannot return at the specified time, that is, before dawn It is considered that the monk “Lack of Buddhist Lent”

But if there is some necessity Monks who reside in the Buddhist Lent can go and stay elsewhere. without regard to lack of Buddhist Lent but must return within a period of not more than 7 days by the necessities that are excluded are as follows:

  • going to the hospital for monks or sick parents
  • to suspend monks and novices who want to be discouraged
  • Going for clergy’s business, such as finding equipment to repair a broken cubicle
  • If invited to make merit was able to celebrate his faith in his merit making

3. The tradition of the candle procession and the merits of offering candles

inBuddhist Lent DayEvery year, there is always an important tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. “The Candle Casting Tradition” for monks and general Buddhists to worship the principal Buddha image in the church The candle is usually a large candle that lasts for 3 months.

traditioncasting candles arises from the necessity that in the past there was no electricity to use as in the present When the monks spend a lot of Buddhist Lent gathering and have to perform routine activities such as chanting at dawn and dusk. Studying the Scriptures All these activities require light to light the fire to worship the Triple Gem. also to offer as a puja

for “The merits of offering candles” It is believed that those who make merit and offer candles will be far away from disease. Clean and clear both body and mind be graceful have bright eyes and before bringing the candles to the temple It will arrange for the candle casting to be completed first and then the candle procession is called “the candle procession tradition”. “Candle Contest” of each province as well by organizing a parade both on land and by water

4. Get to know “Phansa flowers”, the flower of the festival of Buddhist Lent.

On the day of Buddhist Lent every year, the people of Phutthabat District, Saraburi Province will bring a flower to give alms to monks until they are born.local tradition The flowers used for offering food to monks in this tradition are called “Flowers of the Buddhist Lent” or “Flower Swan” Because of the nature of flowers and pollen, like a swan flying with graceful gestures

Ginger swan (Globba Winiti) is a plant in the ginger family. a tropical flower Occurs in tropical forests, which can be found in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. The beginning of Buddhist Lent is a herbaceous plant. Most often have bright yellow, white and purple flowers with large ornamental petals around the bouquet from the base to the tip. Each color of the petals has the following meanings:

  • White represents the purity of Buddhism.
  • Yellow means the color of the monks.
  • Purple means getting the most merit. (It’s the rarest color)

when the monks received alms will be taken to pay homage to the Buddha’s footprint which will bring merit to thosemake meritHas ascended to the heavens in the Daowadung, the Buddhist Lent flower, or the swan flower for a year, will bloom only once, only duringFestival of LentOnly by people in Phra Phutthabat District will take them to collect flowers during the Buddhist Lent period and bring them together with incense sticks and candles to offer alms to monks on the day of Buddhist Lent

5. Buddhist Lent Offering Ceremony “The only one in the world”

Saraburi province has a ceremony “Offering alms to flowers in the Buddhist Lent” At Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworawihan, Phra Aram Luang, Khun Khon Sub-district, Phra Phuthabat District Saraburi annually This is a place of worship. “Buddha’s Footprint” sacred that the Buddhists pay their respects There is a belief in the folklore that The Lord Buddha has stamped the Buddha’s footprint in 5 places and the Buddha’s footprint at Wat Phra Phutthabat is one of those five places.

The tradition of offering alms to monks in the Buddhist Lent It is an important tradition that has been with Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworawihan for a long time. People of Phra Phutthabat District and nearby areas will take into account the day of Buddhist Lent every year (corresponds to the first waning day of the 8th month) isBuddhist Lent Dayalways to conserve and promote local traditions until it became a tradition of Saraburi Province And now it is a national tradition known as “the only tradition in the world”.

Originally, the event was only held for 1 day, but as more Buddhists came to make merit and offer food to monks. Saraburi province has increased the number
Alms offering day from 1 day to 3 days. There are 2 rounds of Buddhist Lent offering ceremony per day, morning round at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon session at 3:00 p.m.

By participating in this tradition, participants will receive great merit by offering flowers for Buddhist Lent to the monks who walk for alms from Buddhists. Monks will bring flowers during Buddhist Lent to pay homage to the Buddha’s footprint. This will result in merit making for those who make merit to offer food to the heavens as well as their beliefs.

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Reference: m-culture, saraburi

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