Kathin Ceremony 2013 at Wat Greensboro

Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin on Sunday October 27th. It is one of the biggest events at our local temple where Buddhist worshipers offered gifts, foods and yellow ropes to the monks.

In order for our temple to Thot Kathin there has to be a minimal of 5 monks and Wat Greensboro only has a monk and a novice monk. The temple invited monks from nearby Wat to perform the Kathin Ceremony.

One of the guest monks.

P’Odd was one of the photographers at the event.

The black and white image of Morning alms giving does take you back in time. The orange canvas above castes an orange color on people’s faces and my only solution was to convert the photo to black and white.

Food offering to the monks

The temple prepared foods for us this time.

The parade around the temple ground was festive, if you have time do checkout the video above.

I was busy photographing the event, photo below was taken by P’Odd.

Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of Kathin Ceremony 2013.

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Kathin Ceremony November 4, 2012 at Wat Greensboro


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Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. The Kathin Ceremony is held within 29 days after the three-month rains retreat where people have a grand festival of offering gifts, food and yellow ropes to the monks.

It was cold on Sunday and we had a good turnout.

Many Buddhist worshipers brought Thon Phapa or money tree from home.

In order for our temple to Thot Kathin there has to be a minimal of 5 monks and Wat Greensboro only has 2 monks. The temple invited 3 monks from Wat Lao in High Point to perform the Kathin Ceremony. Below is morning alms giving.

Lee and my niece sold jewelry to help raise money for the temple.

We realized that it’s hard to sell jewelry at a temple event, so next year we might add Spring Rolls and Papaya Salad to the menu.

Bo helped and he sold some earrings and bracelet.

Her persimmons were $5 per bag.

The fun part was the parade around the temple ground, if you have time do checkout the video.

Many brought gifts for the monks.

We came back to the temple to offer our gifts to the monk.

One of the monks from Wat Lao in High Point.

Lee and my niece made $54 total and they both donated $27 each to the temple to help with the bathroom fund. The bathroom construction is going well and hopefully it will be completed by next year’s Songkran event in April of 2013.

A Thai doctor and her medical team came by to give the monks and Buddhist worshipers flu shots.

I posted more photos at Wat Greensboro Facebook, 2012 Kathin Ceremony folder.

Kathin Ceremony October 23, 2011 at Wat Greensboro

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At the end of the 3-month rains retreat monks are allowed to move from place to place, and are eligible to receive new robes in an annual presentation ceremony called Thot Kathin.

Our local temple Wat Greensboro held Thot Kathin last Sunday. It was a beautiful Autumn day and we had a good turnout.

Besides new robes, we are also allowed to make financial contributions, building materials and other items are also presented to monks on this special occasion. Thon Kathin or the money trees that the Buddhist worshippers joined in and hung their monies to be donated to the temple as part of the Kathin offering.

Kong Boun was also presented to the monks.

Morning Alms giving.

The tradition gets passed down from generation to generation.

The foods offering to the monks.

Food offering to passed loved one.

The parade for Hare Kathin Samakee where the Buddhist worshipers brought gifts, food, and yellow ropes to the monks.

As you can see that it’s very festive if you watched the video.

The presentation of Kathin.

I always looked forward to shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables.

There was a live band.

Kathin Ceremony at Wat Greensboro

After the three-month rains retreat most Buddhist temple held a Kathin Ceremony also known as Thot Kathin where people have a grand festival of offering of gifts, food and yellow ropes to the monks. It was sad to hear that some temple in Cambodia didn’t have a Kathin ceremony due to the readiness of the people. Kathin Ceremony is a big event and held once a year.

We had a good turnout this year, but not as many as the previous years.

There was a Thon Kathin and several Thon Phapa, the money trees that the Buddhist worshippers joined in and hung their monies to be donated to the temple as part of the Kathin offering.

There were 9 monk’s bowls at Almsgiving,.

We only had 2 monks that Kao Punsa, and stayed at the temple during the three-month rains retreat but needed at least 5 monks to have a Kathin Ceremony. Like most Buddhist Wat here in the US, our temple invited monks from nearby temples and below was one of the monks that were invited for the Kathin Ceremony.

The parade for Hare Kathin Samakee where the Buddhist worshipers brought gifts, food, and yellow ropes to the monks.

We paraded around the temple ground.

My dad offered a yellow rope for the monk.

The ceremony is very festive and this might be an announcement that more festive ceremony is to come, as it is now considered auspicious to have weddings and house warming.

A Cambodian artist, Bo spoke to him and I will find out his name and link to his site and the price of his artwork is reasonable. His name is Soknang Chea who is the owner of S&C Art Gallery. He describes himself as a realistic artist developing to modern style, please check out his online art gallery for a beautiful collection of artwork.

Kathin Ceremony at Wat Greensboro

Yesterday we had Thot Kathin or Kathin Ceremony at our local temple, Wat Greensboro of North Carolina.

Dork Champee, I’ve not seen one in a long time. The aroma is incredible and it’s one of the offering flowers.

In most Southeast Asia countries, where Buddhist monks live in one place for 3 months known as Punsa or Rain Retreat, and after the three months of Retreat observance, people have a very grand festival of offering food to the monks in various Wat (Temples), each Wat could only Thot Kathin once a year. At this same time, they prepare special yellow robes that are offered to the Sangha .

This special yellow robe offering is called the Kathin Offering Ceremony. It can be done only during the period from the end of the Rain Retreat to the first day of the Waning Moon of the 12th Lunar Month, which means only within 29 days after Ork Punsa. There must be at least 5 monks for a Wat to Thot Kathin, and in the United States, it’s hard to have that many living in one Wat, but we have 6 monks at our Wat for the Kathin Ceremony. This year we have a Kathin Samakee, which means that it’s being hosted by many and not just one person, we had the Khmer, the Lao, and the Thais and raised over $10,000.

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