The 10th Month tradition
10th Month tradition
"The 10th month tradition"
is a merit festival taken place in the mid of the 10th month
(according to the lunar calendar). People will give the monk
some food and consumer's product to spiritually give merit
to their ancestors.
To spiritually give merit to ancestors. In religion, these
ancestors called "Pet-Chon", people called "Pret"
which means one who has been suffering from bad acts he had
done before he died. These Pret then have to spend their time
after death in hell with many troubles. Therefore, their children
and relatives have to give merit to help them once each year.
Buddhists believe that their ancestors; grandparents, siblings
and relatives that has passed away, will be in haven if they
had conducted good acts when they were alive. However, people
who did bad things they will be Suffer in hell. Therefore,
their relatives help them to survive by giring thm the muit.
At the first latter fortnight of the moon, these Pret will
be release to come back to the earth to look for merits and
then go back on the fifteenth latter fortnight of the moon
of the 10th month.
Usually people prepare Mrub within are family or relatives.
People use Kraboonng or Kheng that weaved with bamboo to carry
Prepaing a Mrub if to place and decorate the dishes with Duensib's
food and dessert in tacks as followed:
1. Place dry food on the bottom pile.
2. Place vegetables that can be kept for a longtime on the
bottom of the second pile.
3. Place consumer's product on the third pile.
4. Decorate with Duensib's desserts with are the symbols of
Duensib at the top of the Mrub. These desserts are "Pong","La","Gong",(fish's
eggs),"Ba" and "Dee-Som",the desserts
are maningful in the merit, as they benefit the ancestors.
On the fifteenth latter fortnight of moon, people will take
the Mrub that had been prepared earlier to a temple which
is close to their houses or their ancestors' temple. They
also provide foods to monks as well. This day is call "Yok-Mrub"
the Mrub and Bungsagoon.
On the fifteenth latter fortnight of the moon which is a Sart
day that is called Celebrating the Mrub and Bungsagoon day.
The merit that has been done today is for ancestors who will
go back to hell later. People believe that this day is very
important. If they didn't do the merit on that day. Their
ancestors will not be able to receive merit and will starve
in hell. The children will become perfidious.
and Ching Pret
After finishing celebrated Mrub and gave food to the monks,
another set of desserts will be place at the temple court,
basea of big trees, or temple's wall. This is called "Tung
Pret" which is to spiritually give merits to died people
who didn't have any relatives or their relatives do not present
on that day. When it is the right time, people (usually children)
will then go and get those desserts (which believe that people
who eat it will receive merit ),this activity is called "Ching