Today is Boun Ork Phana, the End of Buddhist Lent in Laos. Many Buddhist faithfuls were gathered at their local temples to give alms to the Buddhist Monks and to make merit on behalf of their relatives or for themselves.
My relatives in Savannakhet got up early than usual to prepare for Sai Baht (giving alms) at Wat Xaiya Rattana. By 7:00 AM, the temple was full of Buddhist faithfuls, young and old, all lined up along the walking path around the temple ground. Unlike the Almsgiving Ceremony at Wattay Temple in Vientiane, the atmosphere is very intimate with the Buddhist Monks receiving alms from the villagers rather than having the people putting alms in the collecting bowls on the table.