Thai Traditional Festival - Buddhist Ordination (2023)





 Issue Name:

Thai Traditional Festival - Buddhist Ordination

 Thai Issue Name:

ประเพณีไทย - การบวช

 Issue Date:



To publicize traditional Thai festivals and in particular the Buddhist Ordination, an activity known in Thai as buat

 Catalogue Number:



5 Baht, 5 Baht, 5 Baht, 5 Baht

 Unused Value:

5 Baht, 5 Baht, 5 Baht, 5 Baht

 Complete Set:

20 Baht (unused), 4 Baht (used)

 Thailex Collection:



48 x 30 mm for designs 1 and 4, and 30 x 48 mm for designs 2 and 3

 Quantity of Stamps:

300,000 pieces per design


T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited, Thailand


Drawings of people, costumes and activities associated with Buddhist ordination ceremonies, in Thai referred to as ngan buat or kaan buat (การบวช): 1. a naag or buatnaag, i.e. a naga or candidate Buddhist novice, in the Poi Sang Long tradition, also known as the Poi Look Kaew or Poi Noi Festival, that is held annually in northern Thailand, especially in Mae Hong Son and in which young boys, referred to as look kaew (fig.) and usually of Shan origin, are ordained as novices during the school holidays; 2. a naag or buatnaag, i.e. a naga or candidate Buddhist novice, in the Thai Phuan tradition, in which young boys are either dressed up in princely attire and escorted to the temple in a parade on the back of elephants whilst wearing sunglasses to symbolize their lack of knowledge of the dharma, the Buddhist teachings, as in Sri Satchanalai in Sukhothai Province (fig.), or alternatively, as seen here, dressed up in white gowns called seua kruy (fig.), and escorted to the temple in a parade on the back of horses, akin to the Shinpyu in Myanmar (fig.); 3. the naga blessing ceremony, known in Thai a Tham Khwan Naag, literally blessing the naga, a pre-ordination ritual and  purification rite conducted in order to educate the candidate Buddhist novices on parental grace, nurturing a commitment to virtue and monk's discipline that will lead to merit accumulation and blessings for the parents, and in which the naga will receive the traijiewon or pahkahsahwapad, i.e. the monk's habit, which symbolizes the protection one enjoys as a monk; 4. the actual ordination ceremony of novices (fig.), conducted in the Pali language in the ubosot, i.e. the hall of a temple used for ordinations and other religious ceremonies, usually facing East and centrally built on consecrated ground surrounded by bai sema, stone boundary markers at the eight cardinal points around the ordination hall.

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