Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang

Morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Alms giving ceremony takes place in Luang Prabang every day while the sunrise. It’s a unique possibility to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions. I have seen this amazing religious tradition already three times and probably it’s not the end for me yet. The beauty of it attracts me so much, that some strange energy just pulls me out of my cosy bed at 5 o’clock in the morning into the half sleeping streets of Luang Prabang. The only problem is just that it is not only me who is curious about the foreign traditions. Meanwhile is the alms giving ceremony so famous in the whole world, that the tourist are coming in “packages” to see it at least once in their life. And the observing of some tourists behaviour drives me every time mad. The one of the most sacred Lao traditions turned into touristic spectacle, into the morning showtime. I catched myself that the question of my roommates “how was it?” I want to reply subconsciously with the simple “the show was beautiful”… Last time I saw the Asian girl, who was taking selfy with monks, trying to catch the movement of the whole colourful procession. A group of tourists, just arrived by the van and people spilled out and walk towards the monks procession, pushing the cameras almost into the faces… So dear travellers and tourists: please do some researchment, if you do not know, how to define “respect” for the other cultures, especially if you are dealing with the foreign religion.

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Morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

The alms giving ceremony