YALA, 17 September 2016 (NNT) – Faithful Buddhists in Yala are celebrating the Tenth Lunar Month Festival making offerings to their deceased ancestors to gain good fortune for themselves.
The celebration of the Tenth Lunar Month Festival at Wat Muang Yala Temple in Yala province today is lively with many Buddhists in the area bringing family members to observe the rites by bringing items of food, fruit, sweets, incense, and candles to offer to their deceased ancestors and to the memory of deceased people with no relatives, according to a belief observed by Buddhists in the southern region of Thailand.
Another 17 Buddhists temples in Yala also welcomed worshipers observing this offering on this occasion.
Offerings during the Tenth Lunar Month Festival are made twice each year, with the first offering taking place on the first day of the waning moon of the 10th lunar month, or on 17 September this year, and the second offering on the 15th day of the waning moon of the 10th lunar month, or on 1 October 2016 this year.
According to the belief, the spirits of deceased people are allowed to reunite with their families on the first day of the waning moon of the 10th lunar month, and must travel back to the underworld on the 15th day of the waning moon of the 10th lunar month; during both days the living relatives make offerings to show their gratitude to their ancestors as well as to gain good fortune to themselves.