The Songkran Festival is the most striking of all the celebrations in Thailand, as it is widely observed not only in this country but also in Burma, Cambodia and Laos. Known as the Thai Traditional New Year, it is a great opportunity for merit-making through “Rod Nam Dam Hua” – pouring scented water over elders’ hands and Buddha images – and is also a special time for Thai people to have fun with traditional music, dance, games, and of course splashing water in the streets.
In the true ‘exclusivity and fascination’ spirit, the Royal Cliff Hotels Group made a splash of their own Wednesday 13th April with its Songkran Festive Dinner held poolside at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel.
Guests are welcomed to the Royal Cliff’s Songkran Dinner by the traditional ritual of Rod Nam Dam Hua.
Guests and local residents were taken on a journey through time as they welcomed the Thai New Year. The evening featured a buffet of traditional Thai specialties and international favorites alongside Thai folk dance performances and of course the Royal Cliff Miss Songkran pageant.
The event included “Rod Nam Dam Hua”, the traditional Rum Wong, a typical Thai dance to celebrate the Songkran, fruit carving and garland making demonstrations where guests were able to roam freely and experience true Thai traditions.
Fruit carving and garland making demonstrations at the Royal Cliff’s Songkran Festive Dinner.
The 2011 Royal Cliff Miss Songkran Pageant finalists pose with General Manager Joachim Grill (far left) and Deputy General Manager Ranjith Chandrasiri (far right).
Dancers perform the “Fon Soa Kalasin Lam Pleon”, an ancient dance showing men taking pride over their beautiful ladies.