Wat Sibounheuang Deutschland

Lunch Expedition: Boun Khao Salak

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Date(s) - 23/09/2018
09:00 - 13:00


During the 10th full moon of the lunar calendar, Buddhist communities in Laos remember and celebrate their ancestors.  In 2018, this day falls on September 16.

The “Boun Khao Salak” Festival is a unique celebration to commemorate the dead, sort of All Saint’s Day.  The Lao people  will visit the local temples with offerings of various cooked foods, flowers, fruits and vegetables, incense sticks and candles, along with written inscriptions.  Buddhist monks will receive the offerings on behalf of the dead.  The people believe that they will have bad luck if the spirits do not receive the offerings.

There is a Buddhist monastery in Altlussheim, Wat Sibounheuang, which is the only monastery in Germany run by Laotian monks.  This monastery is the gathering point for Theravada Buddhists who come from all over Germany for this important festival.

When:  Sunday, September 23rd, starting at 09.00am till about 1.00pm thereabouts

Where:  Wat Sibounheuang, Benzstraße 9, 68804 Altlußheim

What:  On this day, many Buddhists will visit the temple early in the morning to make their offerings.  Many stalls will already be set up by 08.00am outside near the temple grounds selling a wide variety of Thai and Lao food specialties.  I will be your guide on the various Southeast Asian food items on sale.  This is a great opportunity to stock up your pantry!  Be sure to bring enough cash to pay for your purchases.

The best time to visit this market is between 09.00am and 11.00am.  All the good stuff are usually sold out by then.  A buffet lunch will be served between 12.30 and 13.30 hours, after which temple-goers will stay on to listen to sermons from the monks.  If you would like to stay on for lunch after browsing the stalls, you will have the chance to sample a generous spread of authentic, home-cooked fare – be prepared to be overwhelmed by the amount of food and the size of the crowd!  As guests, we need to bring our own plates and cutlery, and give a donation to the monastery after we have eaten.

More details once the list of participants are finalized.

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Faeimm Tang

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