In Bangkok, there’s a tiny neighborhood called Soi Ban Baat (Monk’s Bowl Village), where residents have been making alms bowls for monks for generations. Only few artisans continue the tradition, beating out the bowls by hand. They’re made of eight strips of metal, to symbolize the Eightfold Path of Buddhism.
January 1, it’s Thai tradition to spend the day visiting Buddhist temples and making donations of food, necessities, and money. It’s considered both charitable, and a way to ensure happiness, health, and good luck for the coming year.
108 metal monk’s bowls are lined up in a long rows, and a line of people filing past them, drop a coin into each one (108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism).
Of course, if you are in Thailand in any day of a year, you can still donate money. Not sure of the impact on your happiness, but at least your pockets will be lighter. (108 baht= approx $3)
Sign in to comment.