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Photo: Nasatta Thai Heritage Park
Photo: Nasatta Thai Heritage Park

Brighten your day at these festive festivals

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Read the following story by Eric E Surbano from the Bangkok Post’s Guru Magazine. Then, answer the questions that follow.

As the holiday season ramps up, parts of Thailand are transforming into centres of celebration for Christmas and New Year. Here are a number of light installations around the country set to give visitors a little brightness.

Thailand International Lantern And Food Festival
Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Until Dec 12

Beautiful lanterns and a wide choice of food from all around the world can be enjoyed at Muang Boran during the Thailand International Lantern and Food Festival. The location itself, also known as Ancient City, is already a fascinating place to visit with their replicas of old Thai structures. It's been a tourist attraction for years but it's a completely different experience when you visit during the international festival. Colourful lanterns illuminate the structures and pathways of the outdoor museum and will definitely provide you with beautiful content for your IG.

Nasatta Light Festival
Nasatta Thai Heritage Park, Ratchaburi, Until Jan 30

The Nasatta Light Festival returns with a beautiful display of light installations all around the cultural heritage park in Ratchaburi. You'll be taking lots of photos when you visit any of the places on this list, but Nasatta offers something a little extra with the opportunity to be able to rent out traditional Thai clothing. In previous years, the light festival had a tunnel full of lights, a field of blue LEDs and flower-like structures across the park. It's safe to say that you won't run out of photo spots when visiting. At the same time, you can also enjoy the somewhat colder breeze.

Awakening Bangkok 2021
Sam Yan and Charoen Krung, Dec 17-26, Jan 14-23

The fourth year of Awakening Bangkok sees two editions of the event happening in the coming months. From Dec 17-26, a prelude will be held in Sam Yan while the main event in the usual location of Charoen Krung will happen in 2022 from Jan 14-23. There's still time to submit your light art piece to be featured in the Charoen Krung event as submissions close on Dec 10. The main event at Charoen Krung will be held under the theme "Re:vive", and aside from the displays, there will also be music and food to make it an all-around party. And yes, their Silent Disco will be making a comeback so get ready to film TikToks with people wearing headphones dancing to complete silence.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. What is Muang Boran also known as? …………….
2. What can you rent at Nasatta Festival? …………….
3. How many Awakening Bangkok events have happened so far? …………….
4. Which festival paragraph mentions the weather? …………….
5. Which festival paragraph doesn’t mention food?…………..
6. Which event ends soon? …………….

Section 2: Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.
CentralWorld's Christmas tree has …7… a hotspot for Bangkokians in December and this year is no …8… . The space outside the mall has …9… again been …10… into a Christmas wonderland.
7. __A. ever been             __B. always been            __C. had been
8. __A. different             __B. difference              __C. differ
9. __A. ever            __B. once              __C. even
10. __A. done                __B. moved                __C. transformed
Section 3: Find words that match the following definitions.
11. a light which can be carried or hung ……………
12. copies of something ……………
13. a slight wind ……………
14. making no noise …………

Answers: 1. Ancient City. 2. traditional Thai clothing. 3. three. 4. Nasatta Light Festival. 5. Nasatta Light Festival. 6. Thailand International Lantern And Food Festival. 7. b. 8. a. 9. b. 10. c. 11. lantern. 12. replicas. 13. breeze. 14. silent.

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