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Thai girls accept temporary ordination as Buddhist nuns

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A Buddhist nun speaks with novice Thai nuns at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok on April 20. (All images captured by Sukree Sukplang of Reuters on April 20)

Novice Thai nuns walk in line at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok.

A novice Thai nun smiles at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok.

A small but growing group of Thai girls are choosing to spend part of the school holiday as Buddhist nuns, down to having their heads shaven. This year, to celebrate 2,600 years since the Buddha gained enlightenment, the Sathira Dammasathan centre arranged for the ordination of 137 women between the ages of five and 63.

The ordination involved shaving their hair off and living as a Buddhist nun for 20 days, including going on rounds to collect alms from worshippers at dawn, wearing simple white cotton clothes, and daily meditation classes. 

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Novice Thai nuns play at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok.

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Novice Thai nuns stand in line to receive food from people at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok.

A Buddhist nun prays with novice Thai nuns at the Sathira Dammasathan Buddhist meditation centre.

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