Pattaya celebrates Chinese New Year Jan. 31 at Lan Po Park

Friday, 31 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

Lions and dragons will dance from morning to night when Pattaya celebrates Chinese New Year Jan. 31.

The day will begin with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome leading a religious ceremony at city hall, followed by the first of four Chinese lion and dragon parades. Additional demonstrations will take place at the Prince Chumphon monument outside the Naval Radio Station on Pratamnak Hill, at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation in Naklua and, in the evening, down Walking Street.

Religious ceremonies also will be performed at all but the Walking Street parades.

In the evening, acting Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome will open the city’s official Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Po Park.

The festival will celebrate the traditions, art and culture of Chinese descendants in Thailand and promote tourism to generate income for the Naklua community. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. A lion and dragon show will be held at 7 p.m.

The city is also holding a Chinese Girls pageant in Naklua, open to girls age 9 and under with Chonburi residency. Scholarships worth 48,000 baht will be awarded as prizes.

The festival will also feature the cultural shows and concerts by Pao Paowaree and the Blueberry Girls.

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