Buddhist Lent Day with the Pattaya Orphanage21.07.2015 – Although the official Buddhist Lent Day is on 31st July, our children from the preschool and the students from the Sotpattana School for the Deaf have already visited the Chong Lom temple in Naklua on Tuesday, 21st July 2015, in order to celebrate the Buddhist Lent Day.
The Buddhist Lent has a long tradition. Usually, monks are wandering around a lot, however during the rainy season the heavy and frequent rainfalls makes travelling quite difficult. Besides, the rainy season is the time where farmers have to cultivate their land which means that the wandering monks might unintentionally step on their growing corps and damage new-planted rice.
Therefore, Buddha said that monks should stay at one place during the three months of the rainy season and should not go out.
As this rule interferes with the monks leaving the monastery in order to receive alms, it is a long custom that during Buddhist Lent the people visit temples to bring their donations directly to the monks.
So according to this custom, the children from the Sotpattana School for the Deaf have prepared bags stuffed with food and other necessities to support the monks during their lent.
On 21st July 2015, the students from the Sotpattana School for the Deaf went together with our preschool-aged children from the Pattaya Orphanage to Wat Chong Lom, a temple in Naklua.
There, we walked in a procession three times around the temple before entering it. Inside, our children and staff assembled in front of the monks and one by one our children presented their donations to the monks.
This way, our younger children at the Pattaya Orphanage have already had the opportunity to experience the Thai costum of Buddhist Lent Day and therefore learn something about Buddhism.
Our older children at the Pattaya Orphanage will also bring their donations to the temple, but on the official Buddhist Lent Day on 31st July.