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.