The Chiang Mai Mail held a blessing ceremony at the office on the 2nd Ring Road on Wednesday, November 6, to bring continued success as the newspaper entered its 12th year of publication.
Attending the Buddhist ceremony that was held by Phrakru Pipat Silplasangworn from Wat San Sai Moon was Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group, of which the Chiang Mai Mail is a part, Pratheep “Peter” Malhotra, founding partner Xanxai Visitkul, Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of the Pattaya Blatt and editors Nopniwat “Jae” Krailerg and Shana Kongmun, as well as friends, family and staff of the Chiang Mai Mail and Pimthong Accounting.
Xanxai Visitkul followed by Peter Malhotra and staff chant prayers during the religious ceremonies.
Phrakru Pipat Silplasangworn chanted in Pali while holding white “sai sin” string which was later tied around the wrists of all the participants. As part of the ceremony Xanxai poured lustral water into a bowl as the monk chanted in Pali. Offerings were made to the monk to make merit and the front doors of the office were then anointed by the monk to ensure good luck and good fortune. The monk then blessed the gathered staff, friends and family with lustral water and the sai sin sacred thread was tied around everyone’s wrist, to be worn to represent the Buddhist Sutras as a constant reminder to act according to Buddhist principles as well as for good fortune and happiness.
Phrakru Pipat Silplasangworn anoints the Chiang Mai Mail office with holy markings.
Managing Editor Shana Kongmun, Pattaya Blatt Executive Editor Elfi Seitz and Peter Malhotra join together with Xanxai Visitkul as he performs the ritual of pouring lustral water while the revered monk chanted in Pali.