Pattaya mayor Poramase Ngampiches celebrated the Kong Khao (rice) festival in Naklua on Thursday, April 20th.
The Kong Khao ceremony is a local tradition held in Chonburi province, Thailand. It is a ritual to pay homage and seek blessings from the guardian spirits, deities, and sacred entities such as Chao Pa Chao Khao (the spirit of the mountain), Phra Mae Kong Ka (the goddess of rice), and other protective spirits, to ensure the well-being and safety of the local community.
Poramase presided over the Kong Khao opening ceremony at 6:30 PM at the Nong Yai community in Naklua. He then participated in making merit to pay homage to the aforementioned spirits in the hope that it would maintain tranquility in the area.
The “Phi Pha” or forest spirit parade, which was the highlight of the event, drew many laughs and joy from the audience. People wearing these forest spirits’ makeups walked in procession and collected sweet and savory treats that the community had prepared for them, adding to the festive and joyful atmosphere of the event.
The event comes after Songkran, the Thai New Year, every new year, and is attended by hundreds, but mostly local residents versus tourists.