Birthdays all around the world are special and everyone and every religion has its own unique way of celebrating this very special day. In Thai, the special unique way that they celebrate their birthday is to Tak Bart. Now you may be wondering what in the world this could possibly mean and what it is that they do. It means that you will be happy and good things will come to you. There are several different steps to the Tak Bart which is a very special Thai birthday donation that happens only once a year. The process is the offering of food to the monk.
The types of things that are offered to the monk are fresh water, food, rice and of course dessert. These are the necessities of life and that is why they are used for the offerings. Your first step in the process is to prepare your offerings. This is going to be what you offer the monk. Upon seeing the monk, depending upon if you are man or woman, you will either say NiMon Krap or NiMon Ka. Krap is man and Ka is woman. This is the second step of a Thai birthday donation.
Your next step is to give your offerings to the monks. You will place them in a bowl of which each one will be holding. After this, you will sit on the heels of your feet with your hands together on your forehead. This is called Phanom Mue and you will wait for your blessings from the monks. While the monks are blessing you in this part of the birthday donation, you will pour water into a container which is called Kruatnam. At the same time, you will dedicate ment to someone that you want to appreciate or to yourself.
Once this is done, you will then pour the water in the tree. This is the tree in which Thai people believe that you will send your good deed or merit to others. Before this entire process even begins, there is an incantation that is recited. It is said before the offerings are done to the monks. This is what begins the process of the birthday donation in Thai. There is also an incantation that is recited during Kruatnam. Both of these must be recited at the right time in order for the process to be complete.
Although it is a easy and simple process to follow for the birthday donation, there are a lot of steps that are required in order to do the process the right way. This gives the Thai people an opportunity to thank and pray for those that mean a great deal to them on their special day. They are not a selfish people and this is just one of the ways that they take the opportunity to show that they care for those that are around them and for the ones that they love or have loved and lost along the way.
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