Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Pornchai Pisarnsitkul, president of the Chonburi Private School Directors Association, led the Aug. 15 “tod phapa” ceremony at the South Pattaya temple.
Chonburi private-school administrators donated more than 650,000 baht to Chaimongkol Temple.
In the ceremony, a robe was placed in front of monks, then a lay disciple delivered an offering prayer before one of the monks designated by the priests to receive the rob, accepted it.
The ceremony then ended with pouring of holy water to dedicate merit to the deceased.
Money raised by participants totaled 658,733, which was donated to the temple for its maintenance and expenses. Part of the money, however, will make its way back to the community through donations to vocational schools in Pattaya who will provide scholarships to poorer students.