Khow Paansa – or Buddhist Lent – is a time when monks renew their commitment to follow the precepts of Buddhism. For the three months of the Rainy Season, monks generally remain in their temples, intent on study and meditation.
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Awk Paansa Day marks the end of both Lent and the Rainy Season. It is traditionally held on the first day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month. In 2009, that was the first weekend of October.
The streets are brightened up with masses of coloured lights, palm leaves and illuminated paper lanterns, sculptures and structures.
The celebration culminates with a colorful noisy procession which, in 2009, unfortunately coincided with a torrential downpour!
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