Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 17 - Laos: Morning Ritual in Luang Prabang

Every morning at 5:30/6:00am, monks in Luang Prabang process through the streets accepting offerings from the devoted local people, Tak Bat. They believe feeding the monks feeds the spirits of their departed relatives and bestows good luck and fortune for themselves in the future.
Also, each morning, the women setup their blankets and tarps with displays of vegetables, fruit, fresh fish, chicken, flowers, etc. The early bird shoppers weaved through the alleys to their favorite vendors, inspecting, massaging and smelling the morning selection to get the pick of the crop.

Luang Prabang has a strict curfew. All businesses are required by law to shut down by 11:30pm, so locals can make it home before the midnight curfew or else they are heavily fined or arrested.

NEXT STOP: Departing today for my 3 day hike in the mountains to 2 villages

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