Chucheep Saisawat, president of the school’s sponsorship committee, led the July 18 procession that also included volunteers and area residents. The group marched to Bhodhisamphan Temple in Naklua to present a Buddhist Lent candle and nine sets of monk necessities.
The entire entourage receives blessings from monks.
The festive parade, which also celebrates Asalaha Bucha Day, saw many participants dressed as Nang Noppamas with instruments playing traditional Thai music. The beat of long drums marked the event and the parade concluded with a three-lap “Wien Thien” procession around the temple.
The candle parade makes its way from Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind to Wat Bhodhisamphan in Naklua.
Chucheep Saisawat, president of the blind school’s sponsorship committee, leads teachers and students in presenting the school’s candle to the monks in Wat Bhodhisamphan, Naklua.
A beautiful young girl poses as Nang Noppamas for the parade.
The parade reaches the temple before beginning the Wien Thien ceremony.