The Wat Thai Warrnambool Wanaram celebrated their annual sacred candle ceremony today.
Three ceremonies were held at the Lava Street temple as part of the festivities which mark the beginning of the rain season.
The day began at 10am with a candle parade from the Siamese Restaurant Authentic Thai to the Wat Thai Wanaram - the Warrnambool Buddist Temple.
Here, the Thai community paid their respect to Buddha with sacred items and ramie offerings.
The honouring of Buddha is done to highlight his qualities that Buddhists wish to emulate to attain their own enlightenment.
Afterwards, the food ceremony began where an array of delicious dishes were offered to the Monks as a practice of generosity and to plant a seed of abundance within Buddhists. This ceremony is completed before midday so the Monks can eat inline with their traditional practices.
Once everyone had enjoyed their own lunch, the Victorian Thai Art and Culture dancers performed and everyone joined together for the Thai folk dance Ramwong.
The festival was a first for the Warrnambool temple which opened its doors 12 months ago.
The elaborate day welcomed Buddhists from the Ballarat and Box Hill temples to Warrnambool for the celebrations.
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