Lao Buddhist hold a wax castles ceremony

27/11/2023 12:57
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ຂປລ (KPL) Lao people representing all Buddhist temples in Vientiane Capital headed to Wat That Luang temple on foot carrying wax castles on November 26.

(KPL) Lao people representing all Buddhist temples in Vientiane Capital headed to Wat That Luang temple on foot carrying wax castles on November 26.

The 14th full moon day of the twelve month according to the lunar calendar is a special day to Buddhist residents.

The wax castles in various sizes, from small sizes that can be held individually to big sizes that must be carried by four or more people.

The grand wax castle procession for That Luang Festival begins from the revered Wat Simeuang. Around thousand people take part in the procession.

The grand procession features wax castles of various types. They can be banana saplings or houses or alike. But one of the main decorations are flowers or other plants made of bees’ wax. Meanwhile white and yellow robes, rice, salt, incense sticks, candles, sand, banana leaves, swords, fireworks and other items must also be provided.

All are traditionally presented at the pillar of Wat Simeuang, which is believed to house the female guardian spirit of Vientiane.

The so-called wax castles have been a part of the Lao lifestyle and bringing one to the stupa on this occasion is believed to bring considerable merit.

The wax castles are considered to be a worthwhile offering to Buddha.

Legend has it that a monkey once offered honey to Buddha, and was reborn as a human. This is symbolised through the use of honey in the wax.

Vientiane residents bring their wax castles to the That Luang stupa in homage each year because the stupa contains a relic of Buddha’s bones.

In celebration of major events such as the That Luang Festival, locals often hold a ceremony to pay homage to the city pillar located near Simeuang Temple which dates from the time of King Khounbulom.

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