It is a common, but colorful scene throughout Southeast Asia.
Every morning, Buddhist monks and nuns wearing beautiful flowing robes of maroon or pink shuffle through the streets of Yangon, Myanmar, stopping at shop after shop, collecting cash offerings to return to their temple and to purchase the minimal food they will consume for the day. Collections begin at dawn and continue until noon. Devotees will often bow or kneel to say a prayer to the monk or nun as a blessing for the offering. This nun weaved her way through the stalls of Yangon’s famous Bogyoke Market, seeking offerings from local vendors. Here, she approaches a jewelry stall vendor before continuing down the crowded corridor. It was difficult to capture a good image of her as I did not want to disrespect or distract her by taking a picture.