SATUN, 16 November 2014 – Over a thousand Thai Muslims in La-ngu District of Satun participated in an event to mark “Ashura Day in Hijri New Year 1436”, to commemorate the sacrifices of ancient Muslims during the Great Flooding in the Era of prophet Noah and to maintain the local tradition.
Through the collaboration between the Imams of La-ngu Association and local organizations, the grandest-ever Ashura Day’s celebration was held in Satun, though similar events of a smaller scale are normally organized in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, the chief of La-ngu District said.
Apart from entertainment activities, Muslims from 62 mosques of La-ngu also helped make Ashura dessert by putting various ingredients and sent their dessert to join in a competition.
Such dessert making derives from a major event in ancient Islamic period when people were suffering from a starvation after the flooding. Initiated by Noah, Ashura foods were made from various ingredients donated by the people and were shared among all starving people to keep them survive.