500 seniors mix good health, Songkran blessings at Elderly Day celebration

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About 500 Pattaya senior citizens got a jump on Songkran and celebrated good health at Pattaya’s annual Elderly Day event.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presided over the April 4 activity, which gave seniors a chance to pour water on hands for Songkran blessings as well as enjoy stage performances and other activities.

The seniors brought local crafts and desserts to sell and certificates were awarded to groups caring for the elderly. People in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, also competed to see who in their decade is in the best health.

Chawancha Khetpathum, 63, won the prize for best health of anyone in their 60s.Chawancha Khetpathum, 63, won the prize for best health of anyone in their 60s.

The day also featured lectures, Buddhist sermons and demonstrations of exercise options.

A beauty contest for seniors highlighted the activities, which also included performances of traditional Thai dance and singing.

Chawancha Khetpathum, 63, won the prize for best health of anyone in their 60s. She said she nearly dropped out when she realized she had to participate in a talent round, so she was pretty surprised to win.

Chawancha said activities like Elderly Day encourages senior citizens to do good and behave well to set examples for the younger generation and to also make one another happy.