It is 10 o’clock and a group of at least four higher ordinated monks are waiting in the temple to be conducted to a ceremony so commonly being celebrated by almost every Buddhist family in Sri Lanka, ‘almsgiving’ (sanghika-dana). This is a scene that can regularly been seen at temples in Sri Lanka in case of an important event, most commonly on behalf of a deceased family member, but also in cases of births, special anniversaries and when persons will leave for a long period. The monks enter the family house of the deceased person in a procession, the senior monk in a leading position, carrying a sacred casket on his head, covered with an umbrella or canopy, followed by the monks in a row of seniority, preceded by drummers. Upon entering the house, one person washes the feet of the monks, while the other one wipes them. Alms are first offered to the Buddha. There is a separate table with a bowl, representing the Buddha, in which the offerings are deposited. Moreover the alms to the monks and the relic casket are being put on that separate table as well. Alms are given by the host to the senior monk as a token of generosity (dana), consisting of at least an alms-bowl, three robes, a belt, a razor, a water strainer and a sewing needle, called the eight monastic requisites. Food is regarded as the most important offering. It is served to the monks with a lot of ceremonial performance. Monks need to have finished their meal before noon, which is the last meal of the day. Sermons are being performed by the most senior monks in favor of the deceased soul to gain merits. After the ceremonies with the monks have ended, the alms-giving event will be closed with an extensive lunch, offered to family members, friends and neighbours.