An elderly Rice Farmer at the Village Songkran festival.
For much of Thailand, Songkran festival is best known for its week-long water pistol fights, and for its even higher than usual road accident deaths.
However, in our Village, Songkran is about more gentle and meaningful Buddhist and Khmer rituals directed at a reliable Monsoon season leading to a successful rice harvest. Most of the Village gathers in a sala [shade house} to conduct a series of rituals over two or three days.
The Village Temple monks attend some of the rituals and lead long chanting sessions. Local Shamans lead Khmer rituals focused on fertile earth and plentiful rains. The Village people eat several meals together, and this helps to strengthen a sense of Community.
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