Ok Phansa - Tod Kathin Festival - 2015 - Sri Dornchai - Chiang Khong.

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  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    14 November 2015

    Following on - coinciding with the Lue Lai Kham Museum grand opening on 13 November 2015

    http://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/chiang-khong-khamu-new-year-the-tai-lue-lai-kham-museum-a-ck-meander

    was the annual Kathin ceremony at Wat Sri Dornchai just south of Chiang Khong.

    The festival is an old one & conducted at many temples around the North after the rainy season.

    The  rough idea being to present new robes to the monks. Cotton is picked, carded & woven non stop over night to present fresh robes at the temple the next day.

    Some of the festival are extremely elaborate & involve donations of millions of baht to the temple.

    www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/festivals-in-the-top-north-for-ok-phansa-october-2012

    [​IMG] Wat Sri Lom Yen - Chiang Khong - Kathin festival 2012

    [​IMG] Wat Sri Lom Yen - Chiang Khong - Kathin festival 2012

    Some historical info:
    The Wat Sri Dornchai festival in 2015

    [​IMG] Wat Sri Dornchai - Chiang Khong

    There's a fair ground set up in the temple compound

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    Lue people are dressed up in costume

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    Free food is available for everyone

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    Some belles of the night

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    more to come
     
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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The cotton picking show gets under the way

    There is a sizeable crowd seated for the event

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    The celestial maidens arrive to pick the cotton

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    Cotton is ceremoniously picked

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    Then presented to the guardians

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    It is officially collected

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    Then presented for all to see

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    more coming
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Once the cotton has been picked it's off to the "cotton weaving shed."

    Located off to the side is a massive sala

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    set up for the cotton to be processed - carded, spun & woven.

    There are scores of women

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    in Tai Lue costume lined up to work all night until they have woven new robes for the monks

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    next presenting the robes
     

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