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Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival  -    
ประเพณีตักบาตรดอกไม้  
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 Description:   Tak Bat Dok Mai or flower offering ceremony is a Buddhist tradition established from the belief in making merit that can be found only in some area of Thailandsuch as in Phra Phuttabat District of Saraburi Provincewhere Saraburi’s annual flower offering festival is organized at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan. The ceremony can also be found at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara and Wat Ratchabophit in Bangkok.

The myth of Tak Bat Dok Mai ceremony happened in the days of Buddha’s lifetime. The story told about Sumonmalakan, a Rajgir burgher, who had to present 8 Tanans (coconut shell) of jasmine flowers to King Pimpisan every day in order to earn 8 Kahapana each day. In one morning, he was about to enter the city gate with jasmine flowers in his hand when Lord Buddha was out to receive food offerings with the monks. Having seen Lord Buddha, Sumonmalakan gained faith in him. He, therefore, presented the flowers that he had to give it to the King to Lord Buddha instead with a thought that even if he had to be executed, he would do it anyway. When other villagers heard of his deed, they highly praised him. There was only his wife who was discontent. She told King Pimpisan of what her husband did. However, the King was a Sotapanna or a stream-winner. Not only does he not angry but he also told Lord Buddha about Sumonmalakan. The Buddha praised Sumonmalakan and made him receive 8 kinds of presents from King Pimpisan; elephants, horses, male servants, female servants, accessories and women which each came in eight along with 8 thousands Kahapana and houses in 8 districts. When returning to the temple, Ananda, one of the principal disciples, asked Lord Buddha what was the reward of Sumonmalakan’s good deed. The Buddha answered that Sumonmalakan had sacrificed his life to pay respect to him. Therefore, Sumonmalakan would not be born in hell for hundred thousand Kan (eternity).
 
 Province   Saraburi  Direction:   In the area of the temple  
 District   PHRA PHUTTHABAT    
 City   PHRA PHUTTHABAT  Comments:   Around July but the date change every year  Official Web:    
 Genre   Festival      Related links:    
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 Entry fee   Free     Coordinates:    14.718119 N 100.789448 E  
                     
       
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SUB-SITES PICTURES:    
     
Preparation Procession morning part 1 Procession morning part 2
     
Procession afternoon Pilgrims Offering flowers
     
   
  Festival fair  
     
 

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