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Some Buddhist ceremonies happen for special events.
For example, if a monk decides to stay longer in a temple
or has reached a new level of wisdom and knowledge,
a ceremony might be organised to celebrate the event.
In the morning Thai people
bring food, gifts, money for the temple. Women and men will help
to prepare the feast and cook the dishes. It is a good timing
to gather and to gossip together. The Buddhist feasts
have always united the Thai community since centuries.
Before and after the meal the abbot says a speech. All the monks staying in
the monastey are present.
In the afternoon the abbot and
the "celebrated" monk are lifted and carried three times around the temple.
Faithful people sing and shout loudly. Everybody enjoys the feast.
Then the ceremony finishs with a visit to the cemetery. The aim is
that deceased persons also receive their part of merit.