Phuket rite to ward off bad luck

23 May 2011

A religious good luck ceremony was held at a Phuket pavilion last Monday. The rite became necessary after respected monk Luang Pu Supha dreamt that the southern Thai island had become shrouded in black smoke.  

Luang Pu Supha led Buddhist monks and nuns from temples on Phuket for the ritual at Sala Prachakom pavilion near City Hall. The ceremony involved the blessing of food trays, which were then taken to all parts of the island and placed near shrines.

As tradition dictates, the trays were triangular and adorned with small flags and contained morsels and sweets. Celebrants and adherents were dressed in white for the auspicious occasion, which contrasted pleasantly with the saffron-orange robes of the monks.

The event took place on the eve of one of Buddhism’s most holy days, Visaka Bucha. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord Buddha.

At the ceremony, governor Tri Augkaradacha expressed the hope that the rite would incite the Gods to protect as well as bring good fortune to Phuket.  

Luang Pu Supha is one of Thailand’s most venerated religious figures and is credited with founding 30 temples in the country. These include Koh Sireh, Kao Rang and Chalong’s Luang Pu Supha temples on Phuket.

The esteemed monk will celebrate his 115th birthday in September this year. Last year, accompanied by only one acolyte, Luang Pu Supha travelled to Indonesia.   

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