Today we were privileged to participate in the annual ceremonial blessing that took place at our office headquarters.
The blessing ceremony, is a traditional part of Thai life that has been passed from generation to generation. It combines Buddhist beliefs with social values and Thai customs and is a wonderful opportunity for people to gather and enjoy the moment together.
As part of the ceremonial blessing, the building’s owner tosses handfuls of flowers mixed with coins into the crowd.
The annual ceremony to “make merit” is regarded by Thai people as a very auspicious event and celebrates by performing a Buddhist rite to encourage good fortune and prosperity for the building and its occupants.
Monks play important role in the ceremony. The host will usually invite an odd number of monks such as 5, 7 or 9 monks because odd numbers are regarded as a lucky.