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Alms Giving Ceremony

The Alms Giving Ceremony is one of the most sacred Buddhist traditions of Laos. In the early morning (around 5.30 AM) Locals start preparing food for the monks, the lay people seek spiritual blessing by way of the monk’s acceptance of their offering. From the oldest to the youngest monks come out of the temple in saffron-robed walking along the streets in single file.

The Ceremony begins with the exit of monks from Wat Mai Temple, located on Sisavangvong street, surrounding streets and later the monks end the ceremony once again returning to the temple Wat Mai.
The monks who make up the ritual of the ceremony of alms, pass one by one in front of the devotees and the faithful at the same time, delivered the offerings with their own hands by inserting food inside the metal container that the monks carry. The ritual will be done in silence as the monks walk in a meditative state and the alms givers respect this by not disturbing the monk’s meditation.
The ritual will be done in silence as the monks walk in a meditative state and the alms givers respect this by not disturbing the monk’s meditation.
All food have been delivered in the ceremony of alms will be use during the day.
Note: Please keep silence and dress appropriate, legs and chests should be covered, and don’t taugh the monks.
Highlights:
In the morning of Luang Prabang hundred of Buddhist monks from 33 temple-monasteries depart from their various temples to gather their daily meal. The tradition of alms gathering dates back to the 14th century, yet still today locals wake early to prepare the food for the monks and wait quietly by the roadside to give their gifts. Although the main purpose is for locals to give alms to the monks, you will also notice small children kneeling with baskets in the hope that the monks will share some of their alms with them so that they can take food back to their family.
Take part in the almsgiving ceremony by protecting its dignity and its beauty.
We would like to draw your attention to this religious practice, which has great meaning for the population of Luang Prabang.