Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yellow Mellow: Thai Songkarn festival

Yesterday, I joined hordes of Thai people and other Aucklanders at Rocket Park to celebrete the Songkarn festival or commonly known as the Thai water festival.

It is a Thai tradition to give Alms offering to Monks. There were people with silver bowls asking for donation. I was more interested into the cultural aspect of this. There were lots of food stores.

These two boys were excited to come to the water throwing. But not many people were throwing water. May be the weather was quite cool and people didn't like to get a soaking and catch a cold. They were disappointed there were no water throwing. They were very happy to pose for me.
 Beautiful boy bands, of cymbals, drums, The boys had white powder smear across their face.
 Many were burning yellow candles and incense. You have to give some money to get the candles. The burner was lotus shape.
 The shrine had a Buddha which is yellow. I don't know if it is made of gold.
 Here is where you place the incense and candles. A man was constantly removing the candles. I don't know if he was recycling them and reselling them to the devotees.
 Here is a wishing tree, a branch is wrapped with crepe paper. People give some money to get a slip of paper to write their wish and then hang then on the branches.


Ginny Hartzler said...

The third from the bottom picture is very pretty, and that is a cool tree for the wishes.

Unknown said...

this looks like a fun festival, especially when there's water throwing.:p we have a water throwing festival, too, every June 24th.


Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Very interesting post with great photos, Ann!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Intriguing celebration! Love all the colour!

Liz said...

Beautiful pics! We also have a water festival here and it's held every 24th of June. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

HansHB said...

Interesting to see, - great post for MYM!
Happy MYM!

elena nuez said...

thanks for this beautiful trip!

My name is Riet said...

I love your yellow post Ann. I think I am going to participate next week .
Have a nice week.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love the frames, with delicious light and exquisite colors, I love it.
To make my photos is very simple, first the esceografía amount I will photograph and then illuminated with artificial lights, sometimes also use natural light.

xinex said...

What an interesting culture. Thanks for sharing!..Christine

Cezar and Léia said...

What a beautiful day for celebrate this festival!The kids are adorable and your pictures are great!

Lina Gustina said...

A wonderful festival!


Halcyon said...

Nice show of yellow! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos here. Visiting from MYM.