The afternoon Thai Buddhist Blessing Ceremony begins with a bow followed by offerings to the Monks outside the temple at a shrine especially setup for this special day. These prepared offering packages required in order to receive blessings from the Monks. As monks are not allowed to eat after noon, the afternoon initial contribution packages do not include food.
Enter the Temple
Following the blessing chant, you will then bow before proceeding into the temple to begin the prayers. Immersed in incense and candle light, you will be seated in front of the Monks to present the second offering. Once accepted, the Monks will then begin the prayers with beautiful chants that can be heard throughout the temple.
*Exchanging of Rings (optional)
If the couple chooses to have a ring ceremony, the couple with be given flower garlands to adorn on one another. It is also common for the couple to be garnished with a lei of flowers that are tied together with a piece of string to be placed on the heads of the couple to signify a union in the relationship. The couple will then take turns marking each other with three white spots on the forehead that represent love, life, and luck. Upon finishing, the couple will proceed to exchange vows and finally the rings.
Holy Water Blessing
In order to purge the relationship of any bad spirits, the couple will join hands in pouring holy water from a small bottle into a bronze bowl that will be handed to the Head Monk. The transferring of the holy water represents a cleansing the relationship. The Monk will then give a final blessing with a light sprinkle of holy water.
Conclusion of Ceremony
As a final parting gift by the Monks, Lucky String Bracelets are handed to the couple as well as friends and family in attendance. With the lighting and sending of the sky lantern, this charming ceremony comes to a conclusion.
Professional photographers will be present throughout the ceremony to take photos. There will also be time at the end of the ceremony to take photographs. (These photos will be viewable on an included online photo gallery).
NOTE: Buddhism is as much of a philosophy as it is a religion. The open minded nature of the faith allows the Monks to perform wedding rituals for those who know unfamiliar with its teachings. Please keep in mind that unlike many traditional wedding ceremonies of the west, there is no kissing allowed inside the temple as well as in front of the Monks at the closing of the ceremony.
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