Here are a few video clips of the Morning Alms Giving in Pakse for Boun Ok Phansa 2008. Wat Houaylao is not that big but it was packed with the majority of the villagers. I was happy to be there and to join the celebration with them and felt at home as if I have never left Laos in the first place. This was my second time in Laos and I felt more at ease and remember what it was like for me to be at Wat Nongbone in Vientiane with my parents and siblings for all the bouns through out the years.
I tried my best to absorb the sights, the sounds, and the smell of candles, incense and flowers into my system so I can recall the state of happiness later when I am back at home away from home and trying to battle the cold winter months.