Floating Market puts unique spin on Songkran celebration

Friday, 20 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 16 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

The Pattaya Floating Market put its own stamp on Thai New Year celebrations, organizing merit-making and other Songkran activities … in boats.

Market General Manager Itsanan Sriviroj led the April 13 event, which began with both monks and alms givers in boats making merit.

Senior citizens from the Banglamung Home for the Elderly also were invited. They toured the market before having water sprinkled on them in a traditional manner for Songkran blessings.

Floating Market management donates a washing machine to the Banglamung Home for the Elderly. Floating Market management donates a washing machine to the Banglamung Home for the Elderly.

Floating Market management donated 15 fans, a washing machine and other items to the home.

The day concluded with sea boxing and a Little Miss Songkran pageant, making the Floating Market an island of traditional celebration in a sea of otherwise manic water fighting.

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