We had a most auspicious day at the Wat Buddharangsee Kathina Festival! Kathina originated 2,500 years ago, celebrates the largest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist calendar.
It occurs at the end of the Vassa, or monsoon, period, in October and November. During the Vassa period, normally nomadic Buddhist monks will have remained in one place for three months, and the Kathina celebration marks the time for them to move on. The festival also celebrates the offerings of cloth that are given to the monks upon their leaving by the lay people.