More than 200 city workers and teachers offered New Year’s wishes and presents to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.
The group, led by Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukonthachart, used the occasion to exchange pleasantries and form closer bonds between the mayor and civil servants.
The mayor wished everyone happiness in the new year and urged them to work to develop Pattaya further. He also invited them to the city’s 36th birthday celebration in November, which will feature a Hindu ceremony of worship.
Pattaya City Manager Pakorn Sukonthachart (left), representing Pattaya officials and employees, gives a Happy New Year gift basket to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (right).
In more serious business, he listed a number of items that needed to be planned soon in order to be ready for the annual budgeting cycle.
Thai New Year’s wishes traditionally involve saying good wishes and giving presents such as flower bouquets, fruits baskets, cloths or rice, as friends, families and bosses express love and respect toward one another.