2,600 monks to help Pattaya celebrate 36th anniversary Nov. 15

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Pattaya officials have begun planning the city’s 36th anniversary celebration, which will feature merit-making with 2,600 monks.

The Nov. 15 ceremony will be dedicated to HM the King, whose birthday comes 20 days later. It also falls two weeks before the anniversary of the city’s actual incorporation on Nov. 29.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn said the merit-making ceremony for the 2,600 monks will begin at 5 a.m. while anniversary commemorations will begin at 9 a.m. in front of city hall. Former mayors, city councilors and employees are invited to donate dried food and rice to monks and place flower garlands on the King Taksin the Great monument.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presides over a preparation meeting for the city’s upcoming 36th anniversary.Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presides over a preparation meeting for the city’s upcoming 36th anniversary.

Prinya Chawalitthamrong, who donated farm land on which Pattaya would rise, will be honored in front of a portrait of him on city hall’s second floor at 1 p.m. with over 60 monks participating.

The day also will see a performance from Pattaya School No. 9 and a luncheon. There also will be 17 food stalls.

The early morning merit-making, the seventh to be held in Pattaya, will benefit monks from more than 300 temples in Thailand’s embattled south.

Monks will start assembling at 5 a.m. and various ceremonies will take place until 7 a.m. when the alms offerings will begin. Those attending are asked to dress in white. For more information, call 1337.