Wat Chaimongkol candle-making festival July 9-18

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Wat Chaimongkol is inviting Pattaya residents to make candles from July 9-18 to send to 30 temples in Sa Kaeo.
Wat Chaimongkol is inviting Pattaya residents to make candles from July 9-18 to send to 30 temples in Sa Kaeo.

Wat Chaimongkol is inviting Pattaya residents to make candles from July 9-18 to send to 30 temples in Sa Kaeo.

Abbot Panyarattanaporn said the Buddhist Lent candle-making activity is held every year to spread cultural tradition and help temples in rural areas.

The three-month lent period, called the “rains retreat” in Thai, is the time when monks must say inside the temple. Before electricity, candles were used to light the monks’ studies. The period starts with Khao Phansa July 17.

Now, lent candles are but a symbol for the period and are often decorated intricately or lavishly, with contests held each year to reward the best designs.

After all the candles are cast, Chaimongkol Temple and Pattaya will co-host the annual Buddhist Lent Candle Parade.