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“Worth the 5am wake up!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alms Giving Ceremony

Alms Giving Ceremony
New York City, New York
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“Worth the 5am wake up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The ceremony was really cool. We had to get up at 5am but it was so worth it. We bought bananas and apples the night before for the ceremony. Our hotel also offered to make is some sticky rice. Do not buy baskets of food from the ladies on the street, that seems to be the general advice from everyone including hotel staff. Def plan it into your trip. The whole thing took maybe 20 minutes. We were back in bed by 6:30.

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Barcelona, Spain
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“Worth the early get up!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

A good reason to get up early!

Up at sunrise to watch a picturesque, single file parade of hundreds of monks collecting alms.

We decided to not participate, as so many tourists seem to "over participate" - ie. being in the way, being inappropriately dressed & using camera flashes...!

It was a spectacular event and well worth the early wake up call!

A beautiful memory from a lovely town...

Visited October 2013
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Honolulu
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“Don't procrastinate as it is over quick”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

We totally enjoyed getting up early to see the alms giving ceremony. be sure and get up and be on the street by 6am.

Visited August 2014
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Luang Prabang Province, Laos
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“Alms Ceremony”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

I attended today. It was interesting and enjoyable. Steer clear of the women who race up to you with food, mat, sash etc. We were jumped on immediately (which I thought was very caring of the local people). At the cessation of the ceremony they demand kip, ie 50,000 kip for each of us for the food. Buy your own sticky rice, bananas etc the night before and avoid these ruthless women.

Visited August 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Ohmmmmm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

Had to get up early for alms-giving. Went to the grocery day before to buy 50 each mini packs of juices, soy milk and biscuits. Had to be quick picking up the goods & placing them in the monk's bowl/basket 'cuz the monks walked by pretty closely to each other. It was murder for one 55+ arthritic lady to kneel but after the fact, I felt light, like all tiredness gone. A must-experience before its phased out or commercialized, like in other countries

Visited September 2013
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