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

19/12/2014

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

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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