A Buddhist Blessing

1619518_10101538430290741_517469950_nWat 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. I received a blessing from a monk, who sprayed holy water over my bowed head while chanting in Thai. Soon he repeated 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, as monks aren’t allowed to touch women. I felt goosebumps as he was showering me with his blessing and I felt the holy water gently spray the top of my head. I am really fascinated by Buddhism, which made my time in Asia so enjoyable.

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 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 right now 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 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

2 thoughts on “A Buddhist Blessing

  1. A couple of Buddhist monks came to an Asian festival I was working/dancing at one time. I made sure they knew I loved them. The more I read your blog about Southeast Asia, the more I know I have to go.

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