Relics parade to kick off Pattaya’s cultural Songkran

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The Sanctuary of Truth again will parade Buddhist relics through Pattaya to kick off the city’s traditional Songkran holiday.
The Sanctuary of Truth again will parade Buddhist relics through Pattaya to kick off the city’s traditional Songkran holiday.

The Sanctuary of Truth again will parade Buddhist relics through Pattaya to kick off the city’s attempt at making Songkran a traditional holiday instead of the usual 10-day water fight.

Rebranded this year as the “Invitation of the Sarira”, or relics, the parade, which first started as a regular Songkran event in 2014, will again wind its way through Pattaya April 13.

The nine relics came from the Busabok Stupa, which stands in the Sanctuary of Truth’s central hall. Taken once a year from the high perch where they were placed in April 2009 by the late Supreme Patriarch, they are put on flower-laden floats every April 13 and carried to six stops in Banglamung District.

The parade gives residents and tourists an opportunity to pour holy water on the relics on Songkran Day to wish for prosperity and increase one’s glory leading to success according to Buddhism beliefs.

The procession begins at 7 a.m., stopping at Chonglom Temple at 8:45 a.m., Nong Ket Yai Temple at 9:45 a.m., the Pattaya Floating Market at 10:40 a.m., Walking Street at 2 p.m., the Beach-Central roads intersection at 3 p.m. and the Crystal Palace Hotel at 4:40 p.m. before heading back to the Naklua sanctuary.

One lane of affected roads near each stop will be closed while the parade is en route.