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Blessing a new house 'tham boon khun baan may'

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Today was the “tham boon baan” (ceremony for blessing a new house) of my mother and father. Traditionally 9 monks join the ceremony. During the prayer they hold on to a rope that is tied around the house to bless the whole house.

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After the praying they bless everybody and every place with holy water. Similar to christian priests blessings. Than they will mark the house with a sign above the door to protect the people living in the house from evil spirits and wish them happiness.

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After all that, it is time to eat. First the monks get served by placing all the plates before them. Never hand a plate directly to a monk, especially not as a woman.

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Now the house is blessed and everybody can celebrate. With plenty food of course, we are still in Thailand.

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Watch my short video about ‘Tham Boon Baan’ here :

Or click here to watch it on YouTube.

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