The beginning of Vassa started this year on July 22. This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period. Buddhist Lent is a time devoted to intensive meditation and study. That is a time when monks and nuns are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth.
During Vassa monks and nuns remain in their temples and intensify their meditation practice. It is also a time when monks refrain from eating meat and smoking. This is why Vassa is often called the “Buddhist Lent.”
Laypeople participate by bringing food, candles and other necessities to monks. But also this day laypople offer food to the people. So, everyone can have different kind of food made of pork, noodles and rice. The temple also provides soft drinks, ice cream, some kinds of dessert... all of them free of charge.