There are many auspicious events in a Thai calendar. Despite the rapid modernisation of Thai society, religious events, festivals, and rituals are still held in high regard. This is thanks to the elders in society who perform all kinds of rites to uphold Thai tradition in a modern era and to emphasise the importance of religion in the country.
One such event that still manages to uphold its relevance today is the simple ceremony of ‘Khuan Ban Mai’, or the traditional Thai housewarming ceremony. In addition to celebrating the completion of the house, Khuan Ban Mai also extolls the importance of togetherness. Family and friends are brought together under one roof to wish for good fortune and prosperity in the new house.
The ceremony depends on very many things – a special date, the auspicious hour, the time of the year, just to name a few. For instance, Saturday is considered a bad day for the rites to be performed, as the planet Saturn is said to be associated with this day, and it is believed to be a planet of great misfortune.
Monks are the most important people on this day. They conduct all the necessary rituals which start early in the morning and extend up till noon. Once these rituals are done, the monks are offered food. This is where Thai cuisine is displayed at its finest. Thai curries are served with authentic vermicelli, and mung bean noodles are also plated up. A few desserts are offered to the guests. These dishes are symbolic of wealth and prosperity.
The monks then sprinkle holy water on the hosts and their friends and family, before tying a sacred thread around their wrists. Once the blessing has been given, the monks take their leave, and the ceremony ends.
This is a very traditional ceremony in Thailand, predicated on strong beliefs and social values that the Thai people still hold very close to their hearts.
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