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Songkran in Kanchanaburi

Posted on 31 March 2016 by admin

From April 12-17, ethnic Mon will descend on the Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanburi to make merit and celebrate Songkran at the Wat Wang Wiwaekaram, former home of the late revered monk Luang Phor Uttama.

Songkran Festival at Wat Wang Wiwaekaram.

Each morning, Thai-Mon Buddhists in traditional costume will present food to monks at the temple. On the way from their homes to this temple, the women will balance trays of food on their heads. From 4-5pm, youngsters will sprinkle scented water on their parents and grandparents’ hands. Later, they will build a pagoda made from sand and decorate it with candles, incense sticks and colourful flags near a Bodhi tree on the temple compound.

On April 16 from 3pm onward, villagers will pour scented water over the temple’s major Buddha statues, monks and novices via bamboo water pipes. There is a tradition for Thai-Mon males to lie on the ground face-down and monks to walk on their backs to drive evil forces from their lives. After the ceremony, they will carry the monks on their shoulders from the venue to the temple buildings so they will not have to set their feet on the ground.

On April 17 from 9am onward, villagers will join in a procession to take the trees of money in the shape of gold and silver swans as well as religious items like saffron robes, food and desserts, to the temple. Upon arrival at the temple’s sala kan parian pavilion, they will take a nine-tiered umbrella to the top of the newly built sand pagoda. Later, the villagers will return to the pavilion to make merit for their ancestors, marking the end of Songkran.

For more information, call the TAT Call Centre at 1672 or the Wang Ka Municipality at 081-010-7234.

Motorcycle fair in Phuket

From April 8-16, the annual “Phuket Bike Week” will be held under the theme “Legend of Riding Tourism In The Asean Regions” in two parts at two locations in Phuket. Part A will be held at Loma Park on Patong Beach and will last three days from April 8-10, while Part B will be held at Anuphas Courtyard in Phuket Town from April 15-16.

At Loma Park Patong Beach, on Aprilň, visitors can enjoy a motorcycle festival, live music and Cowboys-and-Indians show, a show featuring Miss Phuket Bike Week 2015 contestants, a motorcycle convoy, local performances, the opening ceremony, a music festival and beach party.

On April 9, there will be custom-made bike and tattoo competitions, a VIP grand dinner at Patong Graceland Hotel, live music and a beach party. On April 10, the event will feature live music by rock bands, the Miss Phuket Bike Week 2016 Contest, a music festival and a beach party. April 11-12, the event will continue at Anuphas Courtyard with fun-filled activities, including a convoy around Phuket old town and near Phrom Thep Cape and Saphan Hin Park. Also, there will be a safe motorcycle riding demonstration, stunt show, custom-made bike contest, live rock bands, a show from the Miss Phuket Bike Week 2016 winner and finalists, and a concert by the Carabao Band.

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Good Old Days of Hua Hin

From April 23-May 2, the “Hua Hin of Yesteryear” fair will take place at Hua Hin Queen’s Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. The annual event is held in honour of Their Majesties the King and Queen and in celebration of their royal wedding, which was on April 28, 1950.

Activities will be the Miss Hua Hin Beauty Contest, cultural performances and ballroom dancing. It highlights the charm of Hua Hin and depicts the classic atmosphere when travel by train was popular, through parades, period costumes, local culture and traditions.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes dating from around 50 years ago.

Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan Office at 032-513-885 or 032-513-871, or the Hua Hin District Office at 0Ȁ-516-256, ext 12.

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