Luang Prabang: Giving Alms

By , May 24, 2010 6:00 am

Luang Prabang is a very cute town in Laos. However, to truly understand what makes it so special, you have to get up at 5:00 in the morning.

Around 5:30 am, most of the townspeople, which are devoted Buddhists, go outside, get on their knees on the sidewalk with a basket of sticky rice, and wait to give alms to the monks. This custom of Luang Prabang occurs every morning between 5:30 am and 6:30 am.

The only source of food monks have is from the daily alms giving. They are allowed to eat only twice a day, in the morning around 6:30 and then before noon. After that, they can only drink water.

I have to admit this is very unusual to witness, aged people (for the most part) respectfully getting on their knees and offering rice to young monks from 15 to 25 years old.

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2 Responses to “Luang Prabang: Giving Alms”

  1. Vince says:

    This must be indeed quite strange. Does everybody in the village do it, or is it just some people?

  2. Boris says:

    It’s not everybody. We saw mainly the older generation do it. However, that’s already quite a lot of people in the streets for 5am.

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