Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat preside over annual Songkran prayers and blessings

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Hard Rock ceremonies pray for peace and unity in the country

Songkran is an ancient Thai celebration of the coming of the new year according to the ancient Brahmin calendar. It is a time when families come together to express feelings of love and respect for each other. It is also a time to remember and pay homage to one’s ancestors.

Furthermore, Thai people in every community come together to enhance goodwill and friendship. It is also a time to make merit by doing good and attending religious sermons at various Buddhist temples throughout the country.

Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat pour lustral water on the sacred Buddha image.Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat pour lustral water on the sacred Buddha image.

All these holy qualities came together at the Hard Rock Hotel on April 13, when General Kanit Permsub, Deputy Aide de Camp, General to His Majesty the King, along with Khunying Busyarat Permsub presided over the annual prayer ceremonies and the gentle tradition of ‘Rod nam dam hua’ receiving and giving blessings to those who attended to pay their respects to the revered couple.

On hand to welcome them were Patrick Ng, executive assistant manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya along with his staff and Pratheep Malhotra MD of the Pattaya Mail Media Group with his family.

At the end of the religious ceremony those in attendance receive a revered amulet depicting ‘Phra Siam Devadhiraj’, Thailand’s guardian angel from the chief abbot of Wat Photisampan. The gift was a very timely one as we all pray for peace and unity in our country.

This brings to mind former Prime Minister Gen Prem Tinsulanonda’s speech early this month. He said, “I believe that the country has holy beings and nobody has the right to possess them. I believe in Phra Siam Devadhiraj and that Phra Siam Devadhiraj will protect the good and curse the evil.

“Those who betray the country will meet a tragic end, that’s what I believe. Others can believe it or not, depending on their ethics and morality,” the former prime minister said.

Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat receive blessings from the revered monks.

Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat receive blessings from the revered monks.Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat receive blessings from the revered monks.

Staff of the Hard Rock Hotel pour scented water and receives blessings from Patrick Ng (left) and Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat.Staff of the Hard Rock Hotel pour scented water and receives blessings from Patrick Ng (left) and Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat.

Kwang, Prince and Tony pour scented water on the hands of the elders and receive their blessings.Kwang, Prince and Tony pour scented water on the hands of the elders and receive their blessings.

Peter Malhotra (left) attends the religious Songkran ceremonies with Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat during the Songkran ceremonies.Peter Malhotra (left) attends the religious Songkran ceremonies with Gen Kanit Permsub and Khunying Busyarat during the Songkran ceremonies.

Gen Kanit Permsub gives his blessings to Peter Malhotra.Gen Kanit Permsub gives his blessings to Peter Malhotra.

Staff and families join in the religious ceremonies and receive blessings from the monks and the elders.