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    What is this Thai Buddhist ceremony?

    This photo is a detail of a float covered in plant parts that was in the Chang Mai (Thailand) Flower Festival parade. I seem to remember reading that the scene being depicted is a traditional ceremony that can only be administered by a monk but I can't find anything about it. I would appreciate it if someone would please remind me of the name of the ceremony and its importance.


    What is this Thai Buddhist ceremony?

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    Re: What is this Thai Buddhist ceremony?

    I can't read much more into this from a Thai historic viewpoint, however the giving of a cord looped around the wrist is a sign of receiving a blessing for something given. The something can vary from something as simple as respect or a good deed all the way to building a temple. It can also be conferring good luck on the recipient.

    The ceremony itself is very common and, in and of itself, probably doesn't mean a great deal. However I suspect this may be some reference to do with the Thai royal household either past or present. Just a guess

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    Re: What is this Thai Buddhist ceremony?

    Before the big masses came, if you where for some time with Thai people and you were to depart, they would give you a small tiny rope around you wrist.
    This was for friendship and as a good luck charm on your travel.
    Last edited by splashy; 15th July 2013 at 06:57 PM.

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    Re: What is this Thai Buddhist ceremony?

    Thank you to Splashy and Trevor.

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