Sunday, March 08, 2015

Chiang Mai - Magha Puja Festival

We made a special effort to arrive in Chiang Mai on March 3rd, the day before Magha Puja, the Full Moon Festival. And in fact changed hotels on the morning of the 4th to be closer to the action.

The action was best at Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang. Wat Phan Tao is smaller and featured the lighting of candles. Wat Chedi Luang has a huge ruined chedi (stupa) and the preferred activity here is a clockwise circumnavigation of the chedi while carrying incense and lotus flower. Both Wats had services.

The photos and videos: First Wat Phan Tao, then Wat Chedi Luang.

Wat Phan Tao - made of wood, probably teak.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Preparations: Splitting bamboo for fencing.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lighting candles and torches at Wat Pahn Tao.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

And a 35-second video embedded below, and a link here.



Wat Chedi Luang.

Monks arriving.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The great ruined Chedi Luang.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Service and circumnavigation.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

And a 20-second video embedded below, and a link here.



And at Wat Phra Singh.
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

2 comments:

Liz said...

Wonderful pictures - especially of the full moon festival!

john said...

Thanks Liz! The festival was a highlight of the trip. Thanks to SL for getting us there on the right day.