Kathina Festival

The Latest Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony was on October 19, 2014.  It was the first activity after setting a new TAAM this year.

What is Kathina

What is Kathina

Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhists. The season during which a monastery may hold a Kathina festival is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar (usually October).

Thai Kathina

Thai Kathina

Kathin (Thai: กฐิน) in Thailand (there is also the transcription “Gathin” in use) is the name for the robes of an ordained monk;[8] the ceremony of Kathina is called Thod Kathin (Thai: ทอดกฐิน). The Thai lunar calendar reckons the day after the 11th full moon as Waning 1, Evening, Moon 11 (Thai: แรม ๑ ค่ำ เดือน ๑๑ Raem 1 Kham Deuan 11 ). The presentation of Kathin by the King of Thailand or HM representative is called The Royal Kathin Ceremony and often has been an occasion for one of Thailand’s Royal Barge Processions.

Gathin Festival is a traditional Buddhist festival celebrated by villagers in Northeast Thailand (Issan, Isan, Esarn) and Laos(ບູນກັນທີນ). Colorful parades and offering ceremonies at the end of monks´ retreat at local temples. On Owk-Pansa day of the full moon, villagers and city dwellers will go to their local temple for prayers and paying respect to the sacred.

Recent Kathina in Michigan

Recent Kathina in Michigan

The Latest Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony was on October 19, 2014 at Watpaknam Michigan in Sterling Heights.  It is the first activity the Thai-American Association of Michigan (TAAM) co-organized after the latest TAAM’s President election which is the start of first term of the new committees.