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Photos in Thai homes. Khun Yai’s “Long life” celebrations

For Khun Yai’s “Long Life” celebration pride of place was given to some photos of her deceased husband, Dta Sompet.

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One thing you’ll notice about Thai homes is that they are full of photographs. The King, family members, and monks.Souvenirs of holiday visits, university graduation ceremonies are proudly on display.

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The family’s background is in rice farming. They now use their rice barn to display old farming implements and some rare historic photographs

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How to integrate with Thais

Originally posted on Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer:

Was Kipling right when he said East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet?

Are the cultural differences too great?

Can the farang and the Thai work at understanding each other’s cultures and points of view? We need to understand some essential truths about how Thais think.

Thai society is highly structured. Hierarchy is a powerful force that cannot be questioned and affects the lives of all Thais. They value individual freedoms, but only when they do not conflict with their loyalties and social responsibilities to those that they live and work with.

The Thais follow these ground rules as much as they understand and accept, whenever possible, the tolerant Buddhist attitude of mai bpen rai. They avoid conflict and confrontation, and keep a smile on their faces. Whatever emotions they may feel inside.

They are an enigmatic people, whose worldview is not easy…

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The “Long Life” ceremony in #Thailand. Traditions and Customs in the Land of Smiles

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The “Long Life” ceremony in #Thailand

I was invited to what the Thais call a “long life” ceremony yesterday. It’s a tradition, mainly observed by middle class families in northern Thailand, to honour their aged parents and grand-parents.

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Yai* Peng is 80 and can’t get out much these days. The idea for the party / ceremony was to give her a boost, a revitalizing tonic. An opportunity to meet up with family living some distance away and to chat with old friends and neighbours.

The Land of Smiles has a strong family and community culture. Over 100 neighbours and friends came during the morning celebrations to help her enjoy her day. The family provide a party atmosphere with music and soft drinks before hosting a traditional Lanna (northern Thailand) lunch.

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Monks hold a special service inside the home.

I will post more pics over the next few days including the…

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More on Yai Peng’s “Long Life” celebration. #Thailand traditions and customs with pics

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More on Yai Peng’s “Long Life” celebration.

The family will gather later under this tent like structure to be blessed by the monks. Gifts of merit for the monks are in the second picture.

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Some pics of the monks during the religious part of the celebration. Even numbers of monks attend funerals; odd numbers for happier occasions.

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A lay member starts the rites. The most senior monk then takes the microphone to continue. The other monks listen and take part later in the service.

Everyone sits on the floor facing the monks, ensuring their feet are not pointing directly at them or any Buddha image. Although only monks are supposed to sit crossed legged in the semi-lotus position, I adopt that position as I find tucking my legs to one side impossible and uncomfortable. No-one minded.

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The family receiving a blessing

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Pics of family and friends being blessed with holy water…

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More on Yai Peng’s “Long Life” celebration. #Thailand traditions and customs with pics

More on Yai Peng’s “Long Life” celebration.

The family will gather later under this tent like structure to be blessed by the monks. Gifts of merit for the monks are in the second picture.

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Some pics of the monks during the religious part of the celebration. Even numbers of monks attend funerals; odd numbers for happier occasions.

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A lay member starts the rites. The most senior monk then takes the microphone to continue. The other monks listen and take part later in the service.

Everyone sits on the floor facing the monks, ensuring their feet are not pointing directly at them or any Buddha image. Although only monks are supposed to sit crossed legged in the semi-lotus position, I adopt that position as I find tucking my legs to one side impossible and uncomfortable. No-one minded.

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The family receiving a blessing

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Pics of family and friends being blessed with holy water in next blog

 

 

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The “Long Life” ceremony in #Thailand. Traditions and Customs in the Land of Smiles

The “Long Life” ceremony in #Thailand

I was invited to what the Thais call a “long life” ceremony yesterday. It’s a tradition, mainly observed by middle class families in northern Thailand, to honour their aged parents and grand-parents.

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Yai* Peng is 80 and can’t get out much these days. The idea for the party / ceremony was to give her a boost, a revitalizing tonic. An opportunity to meet up with family living some distance away and to chat with old friends and neighbours.

The Land of Smiles has a strong family and community culture. Over 100 neighbours and friends came during the morning celebrations to help her enjoy her day. The family provide a party atmosphere with music and soft drinks before hosting a traditional Lanna (northern Thailand) lunch.

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Monks hold a special service inside the home.

I will post more pics over the next few days including the monks’ ceremonies

Yai is the respectful name given in Thailand to a grandmother or to a woman old enough to be given that title as a courtesy.

Yai Peng is the widow of Dta Sompet, whose funeral rites we observed in an older blog.

Names have been changed but I thank the family for their permission to show the photographs I took.

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left to right: youngest grand-daughter. eldest daughter, son-in-law, eldest grand-daughter.   yai peng

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