This ancient and popular ceremony is held at Wat Chalong temple, the most esteemed and majestic temple of Phuket. An odd number of monks are invited to preside over the ceremony. It is widely believed that Buddha himself joins the monks during the ceremony.
The ceremony begins when the monks recite five common Commandments of Buddhism. After that, when chanting ancient Buddhist mantras, the monks wear special fragrant garlands, made from tropical flowers and place them around the Bride and Groom’s neck.
It is a custom tradition for the newlyweds to offer a meal to the monks. The monks then bless the couple and all of the guests with holy water. This ritual will bring happiness, peace, wealth and luck into the newlyweds’ life.
The traditional Thai wedding involves several rituals, including washing of hands, considered to be one of the most beautiful elements in a Thai wedding. This ritual is conducted at the Bride’s house, but it is also possible to hold it at the temple or in a tent by the sea.
Both the Bride and Groom will sit on a special, traditional stool next to each other. The couple will clasp their palms together in a gesture resembling “a boat”, and called “wai”. Their hands are placed on a traditional board for this ceremony and water is poured over them. On the board, bowls of flowers are placed underneath the hands to catch the water.
A senior elder or a respected member of the family usually conducts the following rituals. They place thread wreaths on the couple’s heads, joined together by thin cords, so that the idea of a “bonds of wedlock” is made in Thailand. After that, they mark three spots with aromatic liquid on the Bride and Groom’s forehead.
So, the water-pouring ceremony begins. The first one to pour the holy water is the most respectful person in the family. Then the rest of the guests continue the ceremony. They pour threads of holy water over the hands of the Bride and Groom. The guests bless the newly married couple and wish them luck.
At the end of this wonderful day, the couple will enjoy a romantic dinner, and launch Love Lanterns and Loi Krathongs, wishing for their dearest dreams to come true.