Alms Giving Ceremony, Luang Prabang

In a World Heritage-listed city, you can take part in one of most sacred and ancient Lao traditions known as Alms Giving Ceremony. The ritual begins at sunrise with around 200 devotees departing from their temples and spreading out all over the city to hand out alms. Before participating in the spiritual ceremony, purchase the simple offerings of rice, traditional sweet snacks, or fresh fruit. Should you wish not to give any alms, keep an appropriate distance from the monks and behave in a respectful manner. Cover your chest, legs, and shoulders in modest clothing, and turn off the flash on your camera. Plan to visit Alms Giving Ceremony during your Luang Prabang vacation using our convenient Luang Prabang online tour itinerary planner .
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  • Curious to get up in early eet to give young people (monks) a handful of rice. Pitch black outside and the monks were not allowed to stay, but to put the rice in their picnic baskets. Felt to say the least unsanitary to mess with the rice and put it with other rocky balls. Well, no big shot just but Turistschosan so it got over. Most of the monks threw the rice in a large basket that would "go to others"
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  • I have gone along with a girlfriend here, because I find it a very special tradition. However, it really flows from tourists, which is not very bad, but a lot of tourists had no respect for the Bat branch. They wore short clothes, were only talking and took pictures (with Flash!!) from a meter distance. Ruined this wonderful tradition for me
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  • When I went for a tour, more than 90% of those who are being zakat were tourists. If you want to see local people doing it, there is a good area near the Saccharin Street and the Padbahn Hall.
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  • We visited here in February. They started the ceremony at 06:00 in the morning, finished at 06:30. You are recommended to be here 30 minutes before monks are coming. There were lot of street vendors on the sidewalk, selling alms for tourists. If you want to see the “authentic traditional” alms ceremony, you would need to seek for other streets where probably just right next to fews blocks from the night market street.
  • During summer the almsgiving starts at 5:30, while in the winter months the sun doesn’t start rising until 6:30. I recommend getting there a bit early to find a spot and spend some time watching the locals set up and prepare the food for the monks. When seated, shoes and socks must be removed with your feet tucked underneath as you observe the ceremony in absolute silence. Female attendees must keep their head lower than the monks when giving alms and they must not talk to or touch the monks at any time, even when making an offering.
  • In February/2019 began at 06:00 AM, it was still quite dark. Shortly after the beginning some monks came out of one of the temples walking along the sidewalk. The people in general donate only Rice, bought at the time of sellers on the street. You take the same hand and deposit it in their basket. Around 10 minutes later came another lead of monks, everything did not last 20 minutes and soon the crowd dissipated. .. I imagined it to be much more beautiful, but it was worth knowing.
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