21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Alms Giving to Monks

In the tranquil village of Pai, nestled within the serene landscapes of Mae Hong Son province, a timeless tradition unfolds each misty morning. The devout villagers, known for their unwavering faith, partake in a sacred act of kindness—Alms giving to Monks, locally referred to as "Tak Bart." This profound ritual, deeply rooted in Thai Buddhism for centuries, is a testament to the enduring spirit of compassion and generosity. As the first rays of dawn break through the mist, the monks, clad in saffron robes, embark on their daily alms offering journey. Their destination: the hearts of the devout villagers.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Pai, Thailand
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Grace Pui Wan Ho