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Alms Giving Ceremony, Luang Prabang

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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 see Alms Giving Ceremony and other attractions that appeal to you using our Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker.
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  • Our guide held the ceremonial. We are around 5:30 in a deserted and dimly lit city street. It is, cool, almost cold. There is no tourists, except US and some Laotians. Five small colored plastic seats were installed along the sidewalk. Our guide asked us shoes, but he predicted a carpet for our sensitive feet of Westerners. He then gives us a small wicker basket that contains glutinous rice and he explains the ceremony: "the monks will spend on the street. They come from different temples in the city close on the street where you are. You make small balls with rice contained in your basket. The monks will go before you bare feet and open their basket. You will pay the small ball of rice. Don't look at the monks in the eye, don't touch, stay silent, be dressed neatly and put a scarf slung."
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  • Unique in the world probably this procession of monks who beg at all morning in every neighborhood.
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  • This was one of the most amazing ceremonies I have ever seen. Just keep your distance and be respectful.  more »