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

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by DavidFL, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. 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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. 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
     
  4. Tut tut, something I never finished off, apologies

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    The next day a small parade to present the new robes to the temple /monks.

    The villagers all march in traditional Tai Lue costumes
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    a local farang joins in
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    entering the temple compound with the robes
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    Tod kathin ceremonies take place all over the North at the end of the rainy season - October is the month. More often at full moon, or there abouts.
    For me Tai Lue ones are the most colourful.
    Nan is a good place to see them.
    Chiang Khong is is good.
    For a bit more info they have featured on GTR here
    Festivals in The Top North for Ok Phansa.October 2012.
     
  5. Beautiful photos David, you certainly have the knack of finding these great festivals.

    Moto-Rex
     

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