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Traditional ordination ceremonials to take place in Mae Hong Son

 

Traditional ordination ceremonials to take place in Mae Hong Son

CMM reporters
Mae Hong Son municipality will hold the 2009 Poy Song Lang (Summer Ordination) Festival between March 31 and April 3 this year at Jongkham Royal Temple and Jong Klang Temple. As 80% of Mae Hong Son residents are Thai Yai, one of the aims of the festival will be to revive the traditions of Thai Yai local culture.
The festival will begin with Rab Sang Long day; the following day, Kham Kaek day, is for welcoming guests. The third day of the festival, Kho Lhu, will feature a parade and include the ceremony to celebrate parents’ love and kindness with chanting (Hong Kwan Nak). On April 3, Kham Sang, the ordinations (Wan Lhu) will take place.
Parents who wish their sons to participate in this traditional ordination are asked to provide documentation, a donation to the temple, and to arrange for their sons to attend stipulated training courses totalling at least 25 days before becoming novice monks. It is traditional in Thailand that males should take monk’s robes for at least three months of their lives, and is considered to be a great honour for their parents if they do so. In this troubled day and age, it may be reassuring to note that a great many young men still conform to this tradition.