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Offline Samana Johann

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Ven. Members of the Sangha, Ven. Fellows, valued Upasaka, Upasika, dear readers and interested,

In some days, this year 19-21. Sept., here in Cambodia, dedicated for the ancestors, sharing merits, and making sacrifies, will take place (Pchum Pen - transl: meeting to make merits). It's maybe similar to what is know as the "All Saints, All Souls' Day" days ("Halloween" as for those not familar with older traditions).

"All" people, families, would use this days to offer food to the monks in dedication for their families departed family members of seven generations (see Tirokudda Kanda: Hungry Shades Outside the Walls, since "less are those not be reborn in hell, in a animal womb or as hungry ghost, leaving a human existence", and sacrifies to the death are praised by the Buddha and wise.

May person thought it would be interesting of how similar occations are celerbrated in other traditional Buddist countries, and Dhamma-Vinayas side-traditions.

Maybe some like to give overviews, infos of their own knowing and doing and inspirations.

Where? When? How? Special costums? (Maybe) Special relations to certain texts of the tradition?

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Boun Khao Padap Din (in Laos)
Mataka danes (in Sri Lanka)
Sat Thai (in Thailand)
Ghost Festival (in China)
Tết Trung Nguyên (in Vietnam)
Obon (in Japan)
Baekjung (in Korea)


And yes, don't forget you ancestors!


For possible arising questions, if all new:

- [Q&A] Hungry ghosts and food offerings to the dead
- [Q&A] How can merit be transferred?
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Today, full moon Uposatha, is the Beginning of the 14/15days observing doing merits for ancestors here in Cambodia.

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The fullmoon Uposatha  marks the Beginning of the 14/15 days "Pchom Pen " observing (kan, from khan(dhā), hold, hold up, stick to; pen, or bon, from puñña collect, merits), till the final big festifal. Starting from this day people in Cambodia would frequent the monasteries to dedicate food for their ancestors and beloved lost family members.

May all of you use this Uposatha day to meet the monks, may all of you have the "luck" being able to meet the great field of merits and may all of you find the right effort to dispell defilements who could make you missing possible seldom chances.

Anumodana!
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