THE DANCING GIRLS ON STAGE
SOON TO BE MONK WITH AUNT AND UNCLE
EVEN THE BABY SOI DOGS ARE THERE
ONE SING A SONG GIRL
DAD AUNT AND UNCLE AND TO BE MONK COLLECTING ENVELOPES
OUR TABLE AND WE HAD LOTS OF FOOD
A VIEW OF SOME OF THE FOLKS THERE , A GOOD CROWD
CIEJAY SAID THIS ONE WAS A BOY
THE STAGE AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAINS
Ciejay, showed me envelope a man brought by and said his nephew "TO BE MONK". I guess this is a very important time in a young mans life , for himself and also for his relatives ,I'm not sure of all the Buddish benifits of monk hood , but Ciejay told me that one thing it does is to asure Mom and Dad a place in Budda heaven.And the envelopes is a way to get money to help pay for the party , it seems to me that everything that they celebrate , birth , weddings , engagements , cremation, monkhood , house dedication, that there is aways a envelope to put money in to help pay for their party, and then when you have a party or important event in your family they will put money in your envelope to help you, sounds like a share and share alike thing to me . I ask Ciejay what if you put money in their envelope and then they don't put money in your envelope , next time , she said they lose face and everyone not like them no more , I guess it a important function of the social events (the envelopes) of village life. Have you experienced any of this , married or living with a Thai wife ,or just being a expate in a village ?
Well, we got ours ( THE ENVELOPE)and we put the money in ,and off to the TO BE MONK party we go, and you know a Thai party, for the living or the dead it's lots of music, dance, food and fun , and lots of good stuff to drink , and always in the end a little karoke of course. We had a great time as did , at least 1,000 folks that attended this one , if you get one of the Almighty Envelopes , put the money in and go , you want regret it , and if you loosen up a little you just might have as much fun as the Thai's do .
I took a few pictures of this one ,hope you like them. Malcolm