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    Alms Offering to 30,000 monks at Yaowarat-- The Chinatown of Bangkok, Thailand

     
    Chinatown is located in one of the oldest areas in Bangkok. By looking at the buildings here, people can see that it has been built many years ago and that it is filled with history of old Chinese heritage. Chinatown is a famous tourist attraction because there many different major cities all around the world has a Chinatown. Every Chinatown is made up of gold stores, delicious restaurants, variety of shops, and other interesting things that draw many people in. Besides the similarities, there is one difference between the Chinatown in Thailand and all the other Chinatowns around the world which is the event that took place on the morning of Saturday March 24, 2012. That morning, there was an offering of non perishable goods to 30,000 monks that came from all over Thailand.

    For 5 kilometers, from Odeon Circle to Wat Tuk Intersection, the monks walked along Yaowarat Road (also known as the Golden Dragon Road). This road is shaped like the curve of a dragon' s body so this creates a beautiful scene for everyone all around the world to see. The sea of orange and brown of the monks' and novices' robes symbolizes their peaceful and tranquil life, while the white that people worn symbolizes serenity and pureness. Both of these came together to create unity in Chinatown this morning.

    Even though the area was small and compact, it was still able to hold the large amount of people who came to be a part of this ceremony today. Right after the ceremony ended, many people joined together to help clean up the area so that the road can be reopened for business that day. All the food that were offered to the monks were then packed in big plastic bags and laid on the sidewalk to be picked up by trucks. The majority of the food will then be sent to the 4 southern bordering province of Thailand, and a portion of the food will be sent to aid people all over Thailand who have been affected by different disasters that has happened here. The 4 southern bordering provinces are in need of a lot of help and support because those 4 provinces are known to be very unstable and violent. It has been like this for over seven years now, so all the food and aid they can get will help them tremendously. Every alms offering that has been held here in Thailand, majority of the food, medicine, and money that were received are sent to help those in need.

    For this month, March 2012, there are 6 big Alms Offering ceremonies that will be taking place. The amount of monks and novices that will be receiving alms will vary according to the 6 different venues. In total, there will be over 133,000 monks and novices who will be taking part in this spectacular event. Todays Alms Offering Ceremony to 30,000 monks marks the fifth out of the six alms offering of this month. The objectives for these alms offering ceremony are all positive and to help promote peace throughout Thailand.

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