It was a quieter Friday and Saturday in Pattaya as typical party nights were transformed into evenings for religious reverence for Asalaha Bucha Day and the start of Buddhist Lent.
Born on July 4, 1957, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit of Thailand. She has two daughters, HRH Princess Siribhachudhabhorn and HRH Princess Adityadhornkitikhun.
On the morning of Thursday the 19th of July a religious ceremony was held to mark the auspicious occasion of the opening of the Swedish Consul office within the grounds of the Dusit Thani Hotel.
Pattaya-area Buddhists circle Wat Nong Or, performing the Wien Thien ceremony on Visakha Bucha Day May 13. Throughout the kingdom, this most holy of holidays on the Buddhist calendar marks the triple occasion of the birth of Buddha, the day of his enlightenment and his ascension to Nirvana.
Area residents bid farewell to the year’s Songkran festivities with traditional rice festivals and “Kong Khao” ceremonies in Naklua and Nong Yai.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome was the master of ceremonies at Lan Po Park in Naklua as locals and tourists gathered for games, including slingshots, seaside Muay-Thai, “little girls falling in water,” and oily post climbing.
Scorching heat and foreboding clouds couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Pattaya-area residents and tourists as they brought the annual Songkran festival to a water-soaked close.
Pattaya Buddhists, shown here on “Buddha Hill” (Wat Khao Phra Yai), made merit and paraded with candles as the area celebrated Makha Bucha Day, one of the holiest days on the Buddhist calendar. This day commemorates the miraculous event when 1,250 disciples of the Buddha, Gautama Sakayamuni, traveled to meet with the Buddha with no prearranged agreement, at Weluwan Mahawiharn Temple in the area of Rachakhryha, India.
Imagination became reality for Eastern Seaboard kids as the area’s annual Children’s Day celebrations offered opportunities to play fireman, soldier and superhero.
Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, city council members and city hall officials were on hand early for the Jan. 11 event, which followed the government’s motto of “Be grateful, be responsible, be disciplined, strengthen Thailand for prosperity.”
The little white sign says: “For transportation of hazardous waste only”. There’s irony and a little danger riding in this truck. Emblazoned with a lovely view of Pattaya, the rolling rust-bucket is filled with contaminated waste.
Ghouls and goblins once again were out in full force, celebrating Halloween in the usual Pattaya fashion. Tourists and residents alike haunted hotels, restaurants and nightlife districts.