Naklua Rice festival tomorrow, April 20
After 9 days of water throwing fun for many, madness for others, the annual festivities come to a close today and tomorrow.
Today, April 19, is the final day of Pattaya’s Songkran celebrations. It begins with official ceremonies at Chaimongkol Temple. Alms offerings is set for 7:30 a.m. with the elderly blessing ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and a cultural show kicking off at 9 a.m. featuring dancing and traditional games.
Pattaya’s Songkran parade sets off at noon along Second Road, Central Road and back along Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier before returning to the temple.
Of course, the entire route will be inundated with water as Songkran draws to a close. Pattaya officials reminded revelers that powder and chalk is not permitted, nor are high-power water guns. Water-throwing should stop at 6 p.m.
Tomorrow, April 20, the Rice Festival in Naklua, with no water throwing, officially brings the mid-April events to a close.
The day begins at noon with sports contests, including Muay Thai boxing, slingshots and oily-post climbing.
The rice ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a “ghost parade” and country music concerts.
Another rice festival also will be held at Nong Yai Temple at 6:30 p.m. (PCPR)