Issan association makes merit Northeast-style

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Banglamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong strikes the gong to begin the festivities as Amnat Theingtham, President of Pattaya Issan Association and other honored guests look on.
Banglamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong strikes the gong to begin the festivities as Amnat Theingtham, President of Pattaya Issan Association and other honored guests look on.

The Pattaya Issan Association promoted conservation of Issan traditions and culture at a merit-making festival at Thamsamakee Temple.

Banglamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong and association President Amnat Theingtham opened the Sept. 23-24 festival with Sakon Phonlookin, vice president of the Chonburi Provincial Administration.

The event kicked off with a “Boon Kaosak Issan” parade which delivered necessities for eight monks to the temple. There participants made krayasart, a Northeast dessert composed of rice, nuts sesame seeds and sugar; and Pattaya School No. 6 students performed Issan music.

The next day attendees listened to dharma lessons, presented the krayasart and other cooked foods to honor ancestors and gave alms to the monks.