New Year begins with merit making across Pattaya

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More than 100 city officials, bureaucrats and local residents started their new year with a Buddhist merit-making ceremony for good luck.

Twenty monks from Boon Sampan and Khao Makok temples received alms from Pattaya city council members and others at Lam Pho Market in Naklua. The monks gave blessings and spread holy water to wish believers good luck for the new year.

Alms giving in Pattaya at the dawn of the New Year.Alms giving in Pattaya at the dawn of the New Year.

Similar ceremonies were held all around Pattaya, including at the Green Bottle Pub where Diana Group Managing Director Sopin Thappajug hosted merit makers.

Naklua people present alms to monks.Naklua people present alms to monks.

Management and staff from the Diana Group present alms.Management and staff from the Diana Group present alms.