Children at the Fountain of Life Center got a jump on Songkran festivities with a traditional Thai New Year celebration with the elderly, and with the support of Jesters Care for Kids.
Lewis Underwood and Erle Kershaw from Jesters brought food, snacks and beverages to the April 7 event where 75 children participated in the “rod nam dam hua” ceremony, pouring scented water into the palms of elders and receiving blessings.
The event is held on the government decried National Elderly Day, which recognizes the importance of the elders in society as a valuable human resource. Their motto: “Although their physical condition is weak, they can help family and society.”
The traditional ceremony is held annually to reinforce the importance of the elderly in the minds of the young kids.
Underwood said Jesters has been helping children in Thailand for 20 years and was pleased to be a part of the celebration.