Nongprue brings back ‘hawking day’ for Songkran

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Residents who are offering their goods must ‘hab’ their things around the main building of a temple three times before inviting the spirits for a feast.
Residents who are offering their goods must ‘hab’ their things around the main building of a temple three times before inviting the spirits for a feast.

Nongprue invited residents to take a break from water play and resurrect a fading Songkran tradition.

Sub-district Deputy Mayor Pramote Thaptim presided over the April 17 “wan hab”, or “hawking day” at Sutthawat Temple.

Wan hab is a less-common Songkran tradition staged a few days before the “wan lai” or water-throwing, finale.

“Hab” means carry or hawking, and is another Thai tradition that is similar to rice piling. However, residents who are offering the goods must hab their things around the main building of a temple three times before inviting the spirits for a feast.

Residents who join bring their own styles and decorations to the hab and offer anything from home-cooked meals to cash donations and more.

Apart from the hab activities, the residents later joined to create sand pagodas, then returned to the temple on April 20 for the common rice-piling ceremony.