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You are cordially invited to participate in the festivities
To celebrate the Royal Kathina Ceremony
In Commemoration of the 80th Birthday on December 5th of
His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej the Great, Rama IX
and
To celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival
On Sunday, November 11, 2007
At Wat Nawamintararachutis
382 South Street East, Raynham, MA 02767, USA
Mrs. Wilai Phrompen
President of Ceremony


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The Kathina Ceremony, for monks, simply means “joining hands for making robes.” For lay people, it means “offering robes to monks who have observed the three-month Rains Retreat at a certain temple.” The Kathina Ceremony must be held within one month of the ending of the Rains Retreat. For the convenience of the general public, Wat Nawamintararachutis provides this opportunity for you to come and join this ceremony as a part of the annual celebration for the cultivation of meritorious deeds.

Since the establishment of Wat Nawamintararachutis in 2002 in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, Rama IX of Thailand to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his coronation on June 9, 2006 and his 80th birthday on December 5, 2007, each year Wat Nawamintararachutis celebrates the Royal Kathina Ceremony.
This year’s ceremony is a very special occasion because it is to commemorate the 80th birthday of His Majesty. The robes, the honorable royal gift, will be presented to the resident monks at Wat Nawamintararachutis through Mrs. Wilai Phrompen, the president of the ceremony.

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand. It is traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls on some day in November. The floating of a “Krathong” – a banana-leaf cup – is intended to float away ill fortune as well as to express apologies to Khongkha or Ganga, the River Goddess.

PROGRAM

Sunday November 11, 2007

09:00 A special opportunity for people to worship “Somdet Phranawamintarasasada.”
10:00 Homage to the Triple Gem (the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha); and the monks bless the congregation.
Communal offering of alms to monks and merit making
11:00 Offering of lunch to the monks and lunch for congregation.
12:30 Offering of Royal Kathina Robes and other amenities to monks;
Presentation of “Pha Pa trees” as special donation to the Construction Project of Wat Nawamintararachutis.
13:00 President of Ceremony thanks the congregation for their participation.
13:10 Head monk offers blessings to the congregation;
The congregation offers prayers and pours lustral water (to extend the blessings to others) and receives the blessings;
The congregation rejoices in “Punna” (meritorious deeds);
Conclusion of Ceremony.
14:00 Communal participation in “Loy Krathong”

We hope that your schedule permits you to join our temple community on this very special occasion.

Royal Kathina Ceremony Committee
Wat Nawamintararachutis, Cambridge-Boston, USA

Donation can be made to the Land Purchasing and the Construction Projects of Wat Nawamintararachutis:
Wat Nawamintararachutis, Account # 0046 0206 1032
Bank of America 1857 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA

Download Royal Kathina Ceremony and Loy Krathong Festival Program (PDF, 31.9KB)

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