Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chanthaburi city
- 2 months ago
Easter in Chanthaburi
The Christian faithful in Chanthaburi province mark Good Friday with the Stations of the Cross.
Chanthaburi province, in Thailand’s East and the Holy Land are more than 7,000 kilometres apart yet in the run-up to every Easter, the Roman Catholic faithful of both lands are joined in spiritual communion.
Past of the Christian Holy Week that culminates on Easter Sunday, the Catholic communities in the eastern province take a sorrowful walk on the Good Friday to mark the Stations of the Cross that depict Christ as he made his way to Calvary for his crucifixion.
Last Good Friday - April 18 - however, the final hours of Jesus Christ were once again brought to life in detail as the faithful made their way along the two kilometres that separates Carmel Church from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The pilgrimage makes its way through the old Christian neighbourhood where people wait quietly for the arrival of Jesus Christ. The scene is touching, with a long line of candles glowing in the dark.
Chanthaburi Christian community is one of the country’s oldest and largest communities. Nestled along the Chanthaburi River and spread around Thailand’s most beautiful cathedral and largest Christian church, the Christian community has been here since the Ayuthaya period.
"Hundreds of Roman Catholic people immigrated from Vietnam 300 years ago and the community has now grown to 8,000 people," says Father Prasan
Source: The Nation
Wat Khao Sukim
This visit on Sunday afternoon - during the day many buses come from Bangkok for day trips to this temple, and by 2pm when we arrived the last ones were being boarded for the return journey.
Wonderful place to visit; about 30km from our home and we have been here many times, i love browsing the museum halls, and on a hot day - as Sunday was - walking through the tree-lined and shaded paths on the hillside.
- 4 months ago
Chou si tong Graveyard - Tha Dai Graveyard near Nong Khan between Tha Mai and Paknam Khaem Nu.
Preparations underway for 2014’s Ching Ming 2014, which falls on Saturday, 5 April 2014. However the tomb visiting is often done before that. Vernal equinox (or spring equinox) on 20 March 2014 marks the middle of spring and signify when people can start tomb visiting ritual.
Wiki: Qingming Festival (simplified Chinese: 清明节; traditional Chinese: 清明節; pinyin: Qīngmíng Jié; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chheng-bêng-cheh or Chhiⁿ-miâ-choeh, Ching Ming Festival in Hong Kong, Vietnamese: Tết Thanh Minh), Pure Brightness Festival or Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar.
- 5 months ago