BINTHABAT (GIVING ALM)

BINTHABAT: While in Luang Prabang, you may observe the morning alms giving ceremony where monks walk through town in single file carrying their alms bowls to give laypeople the opportunity to offer alms and gain merit. Offerings by the people are usually comprised of sticky rice, fruit or simple traditional snacks. Known as Binthabhat in Lao, this is a sacred religious ceremony. Tourists may participate and photograph the ceremony, however, the people of Luang Prabang, especially th monks, ask that this is done is a respectful way and visitors do everthing they can not to disrupt this ancient tradition.