Kao Pan Sa

Kao Pan Sa is a Buddhist lent that lasts for three months and is also known as rain retreat. It is a very old tradition dated back when Lord Buddha stayed in temples to avoid killing insects and other living organisms. In Buddhism, people welcome the rainy season and call it Wan Kao Pan Sa, while the exit is being called Wan Okk Pan Sa. The word "Kao" means enter and "Okk" means exit.
During this time the monks meditate and teach new monks. They can wander in the day but must return and sleep in the same temple for three straight months, just like what the Lord Buddha did in the old times. It is also the time when people refrain from doing bad things like drinking or smoking. They usually light candles at night and pray, while walking three rounds around the temple.
In Ubon Ratchatanee a province of Thailand near the Cambodian border, they have gigantic candles being showcased to the people during Kao Pansa. Wonderful and amazing designs of candles will fill your eyes. Also, the wax sculpting and candle design contest is a must see there. Visiting Ubon will give you a chance of seeing candles far beyond your imagination. Here's the link to the post i made about the amazing candles. Click HERE

2 comments:

Bobi said...

Stunning buildings! I think I must go there to stop smoking! What a battle! Like the new look of your blog!

nightblastz said...

Really stunning buildings Bobi, so i hope with the new look of my blog..it help help you to stop smoking haha...

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