We spent an amazing New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai. We had the choice of being with lots of people at the main square near Thapae Gate or to join a smaller group of people and monks at the Buddhist Temple Wat Phan Tao, and spend the last hour of 2012 year meditating and chanting. We chose the latter option.
It is a wonderful experience to be part of such an event. During the first 30 minutes everybody together with the buddhist monks knelt on the ground, chanting and meditating. The place was fully candle-lit, which made the atmosphere feel even more magical. After half an hour of merging with the nature and ourselves, the main monk made a speech and congratulated everybody with the New Year and shared a few words about Buddhism and its principles, about the meaning of the New Year for Buddhist people. The sky was full of fireworks and lit lanterns. The monks started to release lanterns as well. We joined their company and really had fun! On the way back home we felt very happy and enlightened!
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