The 15th annual Nimmanhaemin Art and Design
Promenade (NAP)

was held on December 5 – 10th, 2014 in Chiang Mai.
Over 70 booths, food vendors, and live music created a vibrant event
which was a perfect showcase for artisans from the four corners of Thailand.


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Loi Kratong takes place on the evening of the full moon on the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the Western calendar, this usually falls in November.

 


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END OF BUDDHIST LENT : OCTOBER 2014

on 2014-11-29 15:28:03

 

 

This is one of my favorite temples in the little town of Pua. This building is old and the restauration has been done with taste. The inside is simple with not too much glitter and often empty. I like to go there and meditate sometimes. I was not able to attend the ceremony of Buddhist Lent; at dusk worshippers walk around the stuppa with lit candles; I will do so next year…

"Phansa" in Thai is the three-months annual retreat observed by Theravada practitioners. Taking place during the wet season, it lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October. Gautama Buddha orderd his disciples to observe a pre-existing practice whereby holy men avoided travel during the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops, insects or themselves outside of the monastry. So when the retreat ends, monks may hit the roads on a pilgrimage.


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A week before the opening of the festivities - this year on 24th to 30th September - the beetles are for sale in the market places and in the villages - 10.00 THB for one Rhinoceros Beetle (6 cm long). They remain on these sugar cane bits nibbeling along and waiting patiently for next move. I do not know how the "experts" distinguish the males from the females… so important for the coming event: it is the mating season!!!


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