Full moon ceremony in Angkor Wat
In two days (6. April 2023), it will be the full moon day of Tagu according to the Myanmar calendar. The month will end with the water festival. Exactly two months ago, we were in Angkor and witnessed a splendid full moon ceremony in Angkor Wat. It started at a small temple on the northern side of the complex. A group of young girls dressed in traditional green garbs carrying flower baskets led the procession. Followed by children in school uniforms carrying the national flag and the flag of Theravada Buddhism, designed by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, an American journalist, founder, and first president of the Theosophical Society. Please note the flag poles, which are made of Chinese PVC pipes. Maybe a sign of the growing Chinese influence in the country – just kidding … Then came a group of strong young men carrying clubs who resembled the guardians in the old temple reliefs, followed by monks who carried what looked like replicas of royal insignia to me. Large umbrellas protected the chief monks against the blazing sun. Several groups of laymen in traditional dress followed. They went around the ponds and returned to the small temple after laying down beautiful flower baskets on the terrace of honor. It was a grand spectacle, and we considered ourselves lucky to have had the chance to witness it.