My friend Vithi held a tum boon, or house blessing, at his childhood home in Lampang. Elderly women relatives and neighbours gathered the day before to cook a meal that was to be part of an offering to nine monks and serve as a lunch for the gathering of friends and family members.
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The day before, we drove from his home in Chiang Mai and arrived late in the afternoon. While Vithi supervised arrangements and put the final touches to the ceremonial room, I headed to the kitchen to help with cooking.
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