ผ้าป่า or "PHA PA" means clothes - forest.
The "PHA PA" ceremony can happen at any time in the year. On the contrary "THOT KATHIN" ceremony only happens once a year and just after the end of the rain retreat. The name "PHA PA" can be translated to "clothes forest". A long time ago, monks only wear clothes made from old rags of dead people. So faithful people sometimes placed clothes on the tree branches in the forest. That is the origin of the "PHA PA" ceremony.
During "THOT KATIN" (ทอดกฐิน) ceremony, robes are offered to monks.
The most famous "THOT KATHIN" ceremony in Thailand happens only for big events. It is the Royal ceremony done by the King who navigates on the "CHAO PRAYA" river in Bangkok. He travels on the famous Royal barges and goes to "WAT ARUN" (วัดอรุณ) to make donations.
"THOT KATHIN" ceremony happens after the end of the rainy season.
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