Making merit is an integral part of Thai life.
One word you might have heard many Thais say during everyday routines, special occasions, cultural events and Buddhist rituals, is thāmbūn or merit-making.
Unless you've lived in Thailand for long, you probably won't know what the word means. It means to perform an action or ceremony to increase your virtue according to the Buddhist Doctrine of Karma. Some everyday merit-making activities include offering food to the monks and donating money or necessaries for life at the temples or to people in need. For special occasions on one's birthday, wedding, or housewarming, the actions may include releasing animals and chanting from a group of monks.