Tuesday, January 21, 2014

YEAR END PRAYER - WAT ARUN/WAT ANONG BANGKOK

Most temples in the Kingdom of Thailand arranged special activities and prayers over the year-end 2013. Instead of partying at the well known spots in Bangkok, many locals stream to the temples to make donations and make wishes for the New Year. 

This year we went to Wat Arun during the daytime and again in the evening for the "cross-voer night prayer". An estimated 5000 people joined the prayers this year. Monks and laypeople joined in the chanting from 22:00 to 24:00 around the Prang of the temple (the pagoda). 
 


The atmosphere was amazing throughout the day and evening. For a short time we also went over to Wat Anongkharam where many of our friends were. It was a bit more quiet here, but nevertheless as festive and special to join in the cross-over night prayer. 











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