Tuesday 13 September 2011

Thaa Yai 2011 at Wat Plai Laem

Thaa Yai 2011 at Wat Plai Laem

It was time again for Thaa Yai this morning, the yearly event where the deceased are being remembered and whole families gather to celebrate this. In typical Thai style this is done with lots of food.

Food piled up by all local families

By now I forgot how many times I participated but the last 4 years I have documented! Food is being offered to the monks and the deceased and the deceased come back to earth for about two weeks and than they're waved back out again until next year.

One of the typical Thaa Yai food platters

The event is celebrated throughout Thailand but under different names and at different times of the year. Thaa Yai is a Southern variation.

More food platters, the white flags have messages on them asking the deceased to join us and share the food

It's a big social event, as already mentioned, families meet and celebrate together and days in advance plenty of shopping and cooking in preparation for this event is done!

Part of the event to visit the urns around the Bot at the local temple and commemorate

It's a big event each year and is celebrated around the island in each temple, very early in the morning and in two weeks time a similar event is held for closing Thaa Yai.
According to my wife, the biggest event in the South is held in Nakhon Si Thammarat.


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