Preparing for Buddhist Lent

Customers shop at a religious store Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand, in preparation for upcoming Buddhist Lent. The tradition of Buddhist Lent dates back to early Buddhism in India when all holy men spent three months of the rainy season in a permanent building. Buddhist Lent calls for no unnecessary travel in an effort to avoid stepping on young rice plants. The celebration of the beginning of Buddhist Lent is marked by candles being presented to monks and other officials. Buddhist Lent in Thailand this year is set for July 21st. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

A Thai man spray paints Buddhist statues at a factory in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in preparation for upcoming Buddhist Lent. (AP Photo /David Longstreath)

3 responses to “Preparing for Buddhist Lent

  1. Richard,

    I did not know about this holiday, and Pon has said nothing about it, even though her father is a rice farmer. That would mean that the holiday has some special signifigance, wouldn’t it (the not-stepping-on-baby-rice-plants part)?
    You have sparked my curiosity about this holiday or occasion. I need to learn more (I guess you served your purpose, eh?).

    PS: It’s very strange. Even if you had written nothing….when I saw that picture of the man spray painting the statues gold; I thought of Mardi Gras here in New Orleans, US. They spraypaint a lot of things in gold. And guess what..!? That’s Lent, too! Weird, huh?

  2. Man, I hate the name of Buddhist “Lent,” is it that hard to say “Asalha Puja? or “Kao Pasa Day”?

    From now on, I’m calling Christmas and Easter “Christian Vesak Day”

  3. I agree, Pompenkroo, it’s a bit westernizing. Christian Vesak Day lol!!!

    For some reason, to me Khao Pansaa always signifies the true beginning of the rainy season.

    Anyway, a holiday by any name is still a holiday! I’ll be away for the next few days. See you all later. 🙂