Back Arts & Culture » Culture » [Photos] In An Giang, Buddhist Devotees Gather to Observe Uposatha Day

[Photos] In An Giang, Buddhist Devotees Gather to Observe Uposatha Day

In September, Buddhists in An Giang Province gathered at Tuk Phos Pagoda in Tri Ton District to observe Uposatha day together.

Uposatha is a Buddhist day of religious observance with roots dating back to Buddha’s time. In An Giang, Vietnam’s Khmer community takes part in the ritual by visiting the area’s scores of pagodas. On Uposatha days, followers obey the eight precepts — or bát quan trai giới in Vietnamese — of Buddhism for 24 hours. “Quan” means door, a gate to stop sinful acts, while “trai,” or posadha in Sanskrit, refers to the fast which participants have to undergo. By strictly adhering to the eight precepts, Buddhist devotees maintain mental purity for 24 hours. These include: no killing, no stealing, no sexual acts or thoughts, no lying, no drinking of alcohol, no engaging in cosmetics or entertainment, no sleeping on elaborate and tall bed, and no taking food at the wrong time (after 12pm).

Have a closer look at the religious ritual in An Giang below:

A new Buddha statue that a follower donated to the pagoda is being dressed by monks.

Buddhist followers waiting for the ceremony to start.

Monks walk to where the ceremony takes place.

Monks holding alms bowls.

Buddhist followers offering rice to the monks.

The queue of Buddhist devotees waiting for their turn.

A monk and his alms bowl being filled with rice.

A blind follower sits on a bench in the courtyard.

After finishing the outdoor part of the ritual, the monks move inside to continue the ceremony.

Participants have a lively chat during a break.

Participants chanting on the floor.

Monks having a meal using offerings given by followers.

Related Articles

in Culture

At Huyen Trang Pagoda, Spirituality, Charity Campaigns and a Home for Stray Kittens

Huynh Tan Phat, spanning many kilometers paralleling the river in District 7, is typical of many bustling streets, filled with the cacophonous rhythms of Saigon. However, cross the bridge at Pham...

in Culture

Ghosts and Other Myths: How Vietnam Celebrates the 7th Lunar Month

In Vietnamese customs, the lunar month of July contains many special days of worship and celebration, with various traditions.

in Culture

Praying for Good Weather, Bac Giang-Style

My friends said that they were going to a festival which happens every four years, and that it would be great for photographs. I knew nothing more.

in Culture

[Photos] From Bamboo to Altar: The Life of an Incense Stick in Vietnam

Vietnamese see the process of burning incense as a sacred ritual said to provide a bridge between the visible life of human beings and the spiritual world of gods.

in Culture

[Photos] Get Set, Row: The Aquatic Exuberance of Soc Trang's Ooc Om Bok Festival

Also called the Moon Worship festival, Ooc Om Bok is one of the liveliest festivals in the Khmer calendar.

in Culture

How to Make a Bamboo Basket Boat, as Demonstrated by Phú Yên Artisans

As part of the sweltering south-central coast, Phu Yen Province has cultivated strong roots in the arts of gathering and rearing seafood.