A candle light procession around the Marble Temple on Makha Bucha night.
Monday was Makha Bucha Day, an important Buddhist holiday celebrated throughout Southeast Asia. In Bangkok, people come to the temples throughout the day to pray and make merit.
As afternoon passes into evening, monks lead a chanting service. Just after dark, monks file out of their temples and lead a candle light procession that circles the temple three times.
I photographed Makha Bucha Day for the first time at a small temple in Kanchanaburi several years ago. I enjoyed the experience and was looking forward to Makha Bucha Day in Bangkok. I went down to Wat Benchamabophit, in Bangkok's Dusit district, early in the afternoon. I brought a lot of gear - two bodies, my 24mm, 40mm, 50mm, 100mm and 200mm lenses, a couple of flashes and a bunch of memory cards. At the last minute, I threw a tiny table top tripod into my camera bag. It turned out to be the smartest decision I made all week.