Songkran celebrations continue with Wan Lai Festival
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Songkran celebrations continue with Wan Lai Festival

Songkran celebrations continue with Wan Lai Festival
Wan Lai Festival

As Songkran festivities end in most parts of the country, Chon Buri is continuing Thai New Year celebrations with the Wan Lai Festival -- which began on Tuesday and runs until Sunday -- on the mainland and islands.

In tambon Bang Phra, local villagers from the Kho Khao Bang Phra community have crafted a huge sculpture of the occult deity Baphomet out of bamboo, rice straw and paper to maintain their traditions. When a pandemic hit this region more than 100 years ago, people worshipped Baphomet for protection.

The sculpture will be released into the sea after a parade through the streets and an eye-opening ceremony scheduled for Friday. There will also be the water pouring ritual, a variety of cultural performances, a chess competition and concerts.

In parallel, Koh Si Chang is celebrating Songkran on Thursday and people can sprinkle water onto Buddha statues and build sand pagodas. Tourists can also take part in the tradition of carrying girls into the sea or watching water muay Thai.

In Sri Racha district, Sri Racha Park will be turned into a major entertainment venue for celebrations from tomorrow until Sunday. The festival will begin with a parade of beautifully decorated floats and a ceremonial worship to the Earth and heaven.

To pay homage to spirits, a variety of food and sweets are stacked high during the Kong Khao ceremony while cultural performances evoke a vibrant festive ambience.

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