Issan natives make merit for new temple structure

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Former MP Poramet Ngampichet led a merit-making parade at Wat Samakee Pracharam to raise funds to construct a new building at the Nongprue temple focused on Issan culture.

The March 8 “‘Baisri Soo Kwan” parade had its roots in Thailand’s Northeast and the event also included fund-raising and food offerings, cooking of rice noodles and Buddhist religious services.

Local government officials and residents take part in a merit-making parade at Wat Samakee Pracharam to raise funds to construct a new building.

Other guests included Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and Pranom Kerngern, president of the Issan Association of Nongprue.

The Baisri Soo Kwan activities were held for sub-district residents from the Northeast to make merit and raise money for a new “Karnprien” building, which will offer Issan food.

The parade is a big cultural attraction in the Northeast, where people gather and make merit together, join in the parade activities and enjoy the traditional rice noodles made by locals.

Issan people believe that by participating in the activities and donating cash towards the facilities in a certain area will bring them good fortune and the spirits will look after them. The event is held annually, but varies in its timing depending on location in the Northeast.