By way of a Buddhist festival that we stumbled upon in Bangkok, we found some fitting wishes and words of wisdom for the new year. In the festival pamphlet, designed very much for locals with a nod to us non-Thai speakers, we discovered a list of wishes and matching offerings for each of the nine participating wats (temples). From this list, we inferred something rather noteworthy.
While the offering for Endless Wealth and Prosperity is:
- 3 incense sticks
- 2 candles and flowers
the offering for Calmness is Happiness is a hefty:
- 9 incense sticks
- 2 candles
- 11 pieces of gold foil
suggesting (or re-affirming, depending on where you stand) that prosperity is more easily attained than calmness and hence, happiness.
- Endless Wealth and Prosperity
- Calmness is Happiness
- Receive the Good Things in Life
- Create Auspicious Vision
- Have a Prosperous Life
- Enlarge Your Visions and Fascinate Surrounding People
- Conquer All Obstacles
- To Be Admired and Loved
- Bon Voyage
Happy New Year!