honeymoon couple gets blessed by a monk in Chiang Mai

 

The Beauty and Meaning of a Thai Buddhist Blessing Wedding Ceremony

A sacred blessing by Thai Buddhist Monks is the perfect way for couples seeking a once in a lifetime experience for their relationship. A blessing is an attempt to contact and share that which is good, particularly in a divine sense. One is trying to make contact with the force of goodness itself and to share this ‘energy’ so that it might pass on some of that energy to those present.

A Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony is a beautiful tapestry woven with rituals, symbolism, and traditions that celebrate love, unity, and family. Each element of the ceremony is imbued with profound meaning, creating a spiritually enriching experience for the couple and their families. Let’s explore the various stages and rituals of a Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony and uncover the significance behind them.

Thai Wedding Day Rituals

 Monk Blessing Ceremony

Offering Food to Monks

The wedding day typically begins with an early morning offering of food to Buddhist monks. This act of generosity, known as Dana, is a way to generate merit (Bun), believed to bring spiritual benefits and positive karma to the couple. 

Chanting and Blessing

Monks chant sacred texts and offer prayers, invoking the protective and benevolent influence of the Dharma. This ritual blesses the couple with happiness, health, and prosperity.

Holy Water and Sacred String

Monks sprinkle holy water over the couple and tie a sacred white string (Sai Sin) around their wrists. The holy water purifies and cleanses past misdeeds, ensuring a fresh start.

Water Pouring Ceremony (Rod Nam Sang)

Pouring Water

Guests take turns pouring water over the couple’s hands from a conch shell while offering blessings. This ritual, known as Rod Nam Sang, symbolizes the flow of good fortune, health, and happiness into the couple’s married life. In order to purge the relationship of any bad spirits, the couple will join hands in pouring holy water from a small bottle into a bronze bowl that will be handed to the Head Monk. The transferring of the holy water represents a cleansing of the relationship.

 Sai Sin Ceremony

Blessing String

A sacred thread (Sai Monkhon) is placed on the couple’s heads, connecting them symbolically and spiritually. This thread signifies a direct connection to the spiritual realm, ensuring divine blessings on their union.

Sai sin is cotton thread blessed by a Buddhist monk that is supposed to provide protection and good health to the person wearing it. The white string used in the Sai Sin ceremony ties the couple to each other. It represents unity and protection, binding the couple’s lives and symbolizing their commitment and shared future.

Merit Release

Releasing Fish or Birds 

As an act of merit-making, the couple releases fish or birds, symbolizing the release of past karma and a new beginning. This compassionate act represents freedom from past troubles and the start of a prosperous life together.

A Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony is a harmonious blend of religious devotion, cultural traditions, and family values. Each ritual and symbol plays a significant role in creating a foundation for a blessed and prosperous married life. 

*Exchanging of Rings / Vows (Optional Tradition Wedding Ceremony)  

In addition to receiving a Thai Buddhist Blessing, we offer the opportunity to have a ring exchange ceremony at a waterfall or with elephants for couples seeking to revitalize their marriage or start anew. A truly enchanting experience to be cherished for a lifetime. 

NOTE: Buddhism is as much a philosophy as it is a religion. The open-minded nature of the faith allows the Monks to perform wedding rituals for those who know little about it. Even those who have never practiced Buddhism, but keep in mind unlike many traditional wedding ceremonies of the west, there is no kissing allowed inside the temple, or front of Buddhist Monks.

Honeymoon and Wedding blessings at Chai Lai Orchid