Phra Samut Chedi Red Cloth Parade on 10 October 2017

Every year, five days after the full moon in October and the end of Buddhist Lent, local people in Samut Prakan come together to pay respect to Phra Samut Chedi by wrapping a new red cloth around the stupa. This year, the ceremony is on Tuesday 10th October 2017. This event usually heralds the start of the twelve day temple fair. However, due to the people of Thailand mourning for King Bhumibol, it has been decided to postpone the temple fair until after the cremation. So, now we have the fair in two parts: The parade on 10th October 2017 and the fair from 15-26 November 2017.

It is not clear yet how big the red cloth parade will be this year, but it is due to start at 8:00 am on Tuesday 10th October 2017 in front of the provincial hall in Samut Prakan (map). The red cloth is then paraded around Paknam ending up where it started by the river. It is then put on a small motor boat and taken upriver to Phra Pradaeng where there is a second parade. After lunch, it is then brought back to Paknam for the main ceremony at 2:00 pm at Phra Samut Chedi. This is on the opposite side of the river to the provincial hall (map). You can catch a ferry boat across from the market. At the temple, the red cloth is unfolded and then carried around the complex three times in a clockwise direction. Finally, it is taken up a rickety ladder where it is wrapped around the stupa. On Wednesday 11th October, there will be a candlelight ceremony at the temple from 6:00 pm.

MAP OF RED CLOTH PARADE IN PAKNAM

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