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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

04 March

Astamangala in Buddhism

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Astamangala in Buddhism

Astamangala is a sacred collection of Eight Auspicious Signs or Symbols which are valued in different religions. These symbolic attributes not only point to the qualities of enlightened mind stream but they are also the investiture that ornaments these enlightened qualities.

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24 November

Thai festival: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is also popularly known as the Ploughing festival. This festival is an ancient royal ritual which is held to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season. In Thai, this festival is better known as Raek Na Khwan for Hindus and while Buddhist celebrates it as Phuetcha Mongkhon which literally means "prosperity for plantation". Since there were different rituals for Hindus and Buddhist of Thailand for the similar purpose, King Mongkut combined both the Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies into a single royal ceremony which is popularly known as Phra Ratcha Phiti phuetcha Mongkhon Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan.

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21 November

Thai New Year festival: Songkran

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Songkran

Songkran is the Thai New Year festival which lies in 13th of April every year. The word Songkran comes from the Sanskrit word samkranti which means transformation or change.

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13 November

Thai Buddhist Marriage

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lights at thai wedding ceremony

One of the notable Thai Buddhist cultures is marriage. Generally, Thai Buddhist marriage ceremonies are divided into two parts: a Buddhist component and non-Buddhist component. Buddhist component comprises of recitation of prayers; the offering of food and gifts to venerated monks and Thai Buddha statues while non-Buddhist components are rooted in their traditions.

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10 November

Thai Buddhist Culture and Customs

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thai buddhist culture

With the religion, Thai people have also carved their own lifestyle and customs which began to disappear with the influence of western countries in the 20th century. Therefore, with the objective to preserve Thai Buddhist culture and traditions, Phya Anuman Rajadhon, a remarkable scholar of Thailand began to collect and describe the Thai traditional customs and the folklore of Thai people.

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