Alms Giving Ceremony - the most famous event in Luang Prabang

 
Alms Giving Ceremony (Tak bat ceremony)
The tak bat, or the Buddhist Lao monks' morning collection of food in Luang Prabang, is a must-see for travellers to Luang Prabang in Laos.
You will see the practice of offering food to monks in Theravada Buddhist countries like Laos and Thailand, where the practice sustains large monastic communities.
It is one of the liveliest and most meaningful images of Laos - from 5:30 in the morning onward, silent lines of saffron-clad Lao monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. Local people there are ahead of them, ready with bowls full of the Laotian staple sticky rice; every monk gets a scoopful in their bowl.
You can see this ritual occurs all around the city, but the routes that walk through Th Sakkarin and Th Kamal are among the most viewed by tourists.
The ritual is done in silence; the almsgivers do not speak, nor do the monks. The monks walk in meditation, and the almsgivers respond with respect by not disturbing the monk's meditative peace.
The best time to see this ritual is in the early morning, before sunrise.
How to get Luang Prabang:
Known as one of the top favorite tourist attractions in Indochina, Luang Prabang is easily accessible by plane:
Domestic flights from Vientiane capital and Pakse city.
International flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia), and Hanoi (Vietnam), all are daily operated.
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How to Respectfully Observe Tak Bat
Hereunder are some general guidelines when participating in the Ceremony:
Don’t interfere with the ceremony in any way.
Observe in silence.
Shake your head “no” if any Tak Bat entrepreneurs approach you; don’t break the silence by talking to them.
Keep your distance (recommendation distance is 5m).
Don’t touch monks or their clothing. Never block the path of monks and don’t walk through their procession (there will be occasional large gaps between groups of monks; wait for one if you need to cross the street).
Keep your camera flash—and sounds—off and “no selfies” please.
Don’t make eye contact with participants—you’re breaking their focus on their meditations.
Dress respectfully. Whether observing or participating in Tak Bat, you should be covered from shoulders to knees. No hats either, please.
Keep your head lower than the monks’. That means watching from street level, never from a bus, a hotel balcony, or by climbing on anything to get a better view.

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