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Boon Kathin

Boon Kathin (บุญกฐิน) is Month #12 of Heet Sip-Song – The Twelve Isan Merit-Making Traditions.

Kathin is a robe-offering ceremony celebrated nationwide, not just in Isan. Communities lead processions to their local temple to give the monks complete three-part robe sets (trai jeewawn), as well as other necessities like soap and razor blades. In the past, before ready-made robes were sold in shops, people mademural of Boon Kathin tradition their own using a wooden frame called a kathin, and the finished products were called kathin robes, hence the name of the ceremony.

This tradition began in the time of the Buddha who, after thirty monks got very muddy when travelling to see him, changed the rules about robes and allowed lay people to donate them in the month following the rains retreat. Previously monks had to wear only robes made from discarded fabric that they found, usually in charnel grounds, and the making of robes took a lot of time, which was inconvenient for the monks.

On the day of Boon Kathin, most towns also organize other activities. Boat racing is a popular one, especially along the Mekong River. In Bangkok, the king always makes a donation of robes at a royal temple and every few years it's done with a royal barge procession on the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun: it's an amazing spectacle.

Boon Kathin has no fixed date.

 

Boon Kathin Photo Essay
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