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As the sun rises in Luang Prabang around 200 Buddhist monks depart from their various temples to gather their daily meal. The tradition of alms gathering dates back to the 14th century, yet still today locals wake early to prepare the food for the monks and wait quietly by the roadside to give their gifts. Although the main purpose is for locals to give alms to the monks, you will also notice small children kneeling with baskets in the hope that the monks will share some of their alms with them so that they can take food back to their family. This daily ceremony is both peaceful and spiritual and gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience an ancient Lao tradition.
DawnTotal silenceAlms-giving ceremonySolemn ritualTherevada BuddhistsVivid imagesSticky riceLocalsTak Bat ritualSit or kneelLarge bowlYoung NoviceDo not speakMeditationMeritReligious ceremonyFlash picturesStopping the traditionDo not disturbFinished