Eight ethnic groups celebrate cultural festival in Ratchaburi

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RATCHABURI, Dec 2 – Eight ethnic groups in Thailand celebrate a cultural festival in the western central province of Ratchaburi to promote and preserve their unique traditions.

Over 1,000 members of ethnic groups in 10 districts of Ratchaburi on Sunday joined a parade enriched with cultural displays.

They represented eight of some 70 ethnic groups in Thailand, showing the prides of Yuan, Chinese, Karen, Lao, Tai Dam, Mon, Tai and Khmer.

The colourful parade featuring old-styled wagons was headed for a gymnasium, the venue of the festival organized annually by the provincial culture office since 2011.

Varied forms of the ethnic groups’ cultural heritage such as cuisine, traditional dance and folk wisdom were arranged for visitors to enjoy and learn about the ethnic diversity of the Kingdom.