A Buddhist Blessing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Buddhist Blessing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep,” although this is actually the name of the mountain it is located on.

At this temple I received a blessing from a monk, who sprayed holy water over my bowed head while chanting in Thai. Soon he chanted in English “Happy, happy, happy, lucky, lucky, lucky.” He asked where I was from and then smiled and wished me good health and happiness. He gently placed a white bracelet in my open palm. I felt goosebumps as he was showering me with his blessing.

Me receiving my blessing from the monk

Walking through the incredible temple filled with smiling Buddhas in all shapes and forms, I learned that in Thai tradition there is an astrological rule that assigns a colour for each day of the week. The colour is assigned based on the colour of the God who protects the day. Since I am born on a Saturday, my colour is purple. The king of Thailand was born on a Monday, which makes him yellow, which is why the “yellow shirts” of Thailand during the protests are the supporters of the king and government.

I also learned that there is an animal associated to my birth year, which is a dragon, making me a purple dragon:

The Dragon is one of the most powerful and lucky. Its warm heart makes the Dragon’s brash, fiery energy far more palatable. This is a giving, intelligent and tenacious Sign that knows exactly what it wants and is determined to get it.

To find our your animal sign, enter your info in this birthday/astrology calculator!

Here are the days of the week and their associated colours in Thai tradition:

Sunday – Red
Monday – Yellow
Tuesday – Pink
Wednesday – Green
Thursday – Orange
Friday – Light Blue
Saturday – Purple

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My passion for capturing memories through the lens of my camera, my love for food and the joy I find in reflecting on my travel memories using a pen and paper results in a series of blog entries filled with warmth, pure happiness and inspiration. I hope to share a little bit of myself and my adventure of life with you.

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