It's almost official. Rainy season in Thailand is nearly here. This Thursday marks the official start of this three-month-long season. Thursday is Khao Pansa, a Buddhist holiday signaling monks to retreat inside until things start drying up. The holiday originates from the early days of Buddhism in India when people stayed indoors during the monsoon season to avoid stepping on and destroying newly-planted seeds. While Buddhist monks are praying, studying, and meditating, the rest of us will be dodging rain drops and standing under eaves to wait for storms to pass. I'll have to remember to start bringing my umbrella when I go out. Better yet, I think I'll be as monk-like as possible and stay inside for a while.