Donating money to the temple
|Donation tree in Thailand|
At the end of Buddhist lent there are big temple fairs and a part of the fairs is to donate money to the temple. This collecting of the money is done by people themselves in a few different ways. One of it is that a shop puts a kind of tree (money tree) in their shop where people can attach some money. The owner of the shop will at the day of donating take the "money tree" to the temple and give it to the monks. Another way is that family & friends collect money and put it in the "money tree" and at the day of donating one person of the family will give it to the monks. This is they way it did happen with some friends of us. My wife had made donating coins (wrapped in strings like a flower) and we did put some money in an envelop for donation to the temple. On the day of donation we did visit our friends and helped them to put all the money on the tree. The big notes (500 & 1000 Thai baht) in the top and the smaller notes (100, 50 and 20 Thai baht) a bit lower of course.