Local residents offer alms to the
Phra Uppakhut image
on the night before the full moon on April 28 at Wat
Local area residents took part in a traditional Northern
Lanna Thai alms ceremony, Wat Peng Pud, at midnight on April 28 at Wat Suan
Traditionally held at midnight on the Tuesday before a
Full Moon that falls on a Wednesday, the ceremony included inviting the
Buddhist image, Phra Uppakhut to his residence followed by offerings of
flowers to the image and then alms to the monks.. More than 150 monks from
around the city joined in the ceremony with Phra Khru Srisithmethee, the
abbot of Wat Suan Dok offering a talk on Dharma.
More than 150 monks from city temples took part in the
alms offering for Wat Peng Pud at Wat Suan Dok.
This traditional Northern ceremony never has a fixed date,
but only occurs when the Full Moon falls on a Wednesday, some years there
may be several. Many Northern believe that to give alms to Baddish monks and
novices on this occasion would bring a rich and happy life. According to the
Northern legend, Phra Uppakhut has supernatural powers and can conquer any
Mara enemies or obstructions.
It is said that Phra Uppakhut will emerge from the sea
and then transform himself to become a Buddhist novice asking alms from the
general public. It is believed that anyone who makes a merit by offering him
alms will have a happy and prosperous life.