Bang Lamung, Pattaya –
Many local residents around Wat Chong Lom Naklua gathered to give alms to local monks yesterday morning as part of traditional Songkran ceremonies.
Naklua celebrates Songkran/Wan Lai yearly on April 18th, notes TPN media.
Yesterday, April 18th, a group of locals, community leaders, and former Chonburi MP’s jointly held a buddhist ceremony at Wat Chong Lom Naklua, Bang Lamung, Chonburi to offer food, sweets, and water to the monks to celebrate the Songkran festival.Later, Mr. Banlue Kullawanich, the former Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, attended the ceremony to light a candle on behalf of all participants. After offering supplies to the monks, the locals jointly poured water on the Buddhist statues to mark the end of the ceremony.One of the participants, who didn’t offer their name, told TPN media that they held this ceremony in remembrance of the departed. Some of their children would return to partake in this occasion as well to celebrate Songkran later in the day but needed to avoid water playing because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Water splashing was banned by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, for the third year in a row due to Covid-19 concerns, leaving only religious ceremonies allowed, despite criticism from the tourism sector.
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