APRIL 17, 2011 – PCEC’S TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION OF SONGKRAN

Songkran, Thailand’s New Year celebration is often referred to as the water throwing festival. But, long before the dousing of all and sundry with buckets of water became the craze, the traditional celebration was to honor one’s elders or monks by pouring water over their hands and giving them a blessing for the coming year; receiving one in return. For several years, Khun Sermsakdi has arranged for the Club to participate in this lovely Songkran ceremony. Our honored guest was the Banglamung Nai Amphur (District Chief) who joined in with our “elders” to receive the blessing from members and guests. The pictures show the Amari Tavern by the Sea staff in traditional garb ready to meet members and guests upon arrival; Club Secretary Judith Edmonds anointing the Buddha statue with lustral water upon her entrance to the meeting; the table at the front of the room ready for the “elders;” the elders receiving the blessing with members and guests pouring lustral water over their hands; and the Club’s good friend, Khun Toy from Pattaya Orphanage with two of her lovely charges dressed in traditional Thai garb.