A Unique Midnight Merit Tradition

 | Thu 8 Dec 2016 08:34 ICT

CityNews – Wat Don Chan, Chiang Mai invites people to make merit at midnight on Peng Pud day.

Peng Pud (วันเป็งปุ๊ด) is an annual Lanna event held on the full moon which has to fall on a Wednesday, without specifying the month. This year it falls on December 14th, and the tradition in Chiang Mai means that merit is made after midnight on the Tuesday night. However, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Lampang will make their merit on the night of the Wednesday.


Villagers traditionally prepare dried food and rice and stand in wait in front of their houses for monks to come by. This tradition is believed to have come from Myanmar. These days you may not find monks walking past your house, so if you would like to join in this unique and fascinating tradition, head to Wat Don Chan, which will be offering alms in honour of HM the King. Arrive with dried food and goods at Wat Don Chan School (Map) and the event will commence at 11pm on December 13th.

Wat Don Chan has a long history of caring for poor children, giving them education, and looking after more than 700 hill tribe children.