Pattaya officials begin 2014 Songkran planning

Friday, 28 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By  Warunya Thongrod

Songkran still may be two months away, but Pattaya officials already are making plans to bring at least some sanity to Thai New Year bedlam.

Education Department Director Jintana Maensurin and City Councilwoman Chanansa Sutthithamrongsawat met with representatives from Pattaya’s 42 communities Feb. 13 at city hall to plan the April 18-20 ‘wan lai” and rice festivals.

Jintana Maensurin (right), acting director of the Pattaya Education Office, leads a meeting to prepare for April’s Songkran celebrations and rice festivals.Jintana Maensurin (right), acting director of the Pattaya Education Office, leads a meeting to prepare for April’s Songkran celebrations and rice festivals.

Activities begin April 18 with the Naklua “wan lai” water-throwing festival. Alms will be offered to 99 monks at Lan Po Park at 7 a.m. and a Buddha parade will proceed around Naklua Market beginning at 10 a.m. The elderly will receive gentle water blessings before crowds begin to throw wet stuff on anyone and everyone.

Pattaya takes its turn April 19, starting with religious ceremonies and alms giving at Chaimongkol Temple at 8:30 a.m. The city’s Buddha parade will attempt to roll up Beach Road to the Dolphin Roundabout and back to Chaimongkol at noon.

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