Alms giving ceremony – Tak Bat

We set the alarm for 5.10 a.m. and crossed the bamboo bridge to town in darkness to  observe the daily alms giving ceremony that takes place at sunrise. It begins on the main street in Luang Prabang and the monks and novices spread out to all the side streets, walking silently in single file. Offerings of rice, fruit, and traditional sweet snacks are available for purchase and visitors are encouraged to participate. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to collect food for their one meal of the day. So thankful we could see the sight of these saffron robed humans taking part in a daily ritual.

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