Diana Group presents robes at Nongprue Temple Kathin festival

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The Diana Group donated robes to monks as Nongprue Temple carried out its first “Kathin” ceremony.

Diana Group Managing Director Sopin Thappajug led a group of Diana employees to the temple Nov. 14 to present robes to the abbot and deputy dean of Banglamung monks, Pipit Kitjarak.

The Kathin festival is a Buddhist tradition held at the end of rainy season. The festival generally lasts for a month and is a time for temple patrons to express gratitude to monks. Robes are the most-common gifts lay Buddhists bring to make merit.

Diana Group Managing Director Sopin Thappajug leads a group of Diana employees to present Kathin robes to Abbot Pipit Kitjarak and other monks at Nongprue Temple.

The festival has not been done previously at Nongprue Temple, although it is common in the central and northern parts of the country.

The making of the robes is done by a large group of people in one day, all participating in collecting fabric, sewing and dying.