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Buddha statues arrive for Songkran
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: April 10, 2013 at 8:04 am
Seacon Bangkae is bringing nine rarely-seen Buddha statues for Buddhists to pay respect to during the "Songkran at the Merit-making Square" festival which will run from Friday until Tuesday.
Held to celebrate the Thai New Year and promote the Songkran tradition, the five-day event is a chance for Buddhists to sprinkle water onto the Buddha statues in unfamiliar positions.
Nine Buddha statues in unfamiliar positions will be on display for Buddhists to pay respect to at Seacon Bangkae from Friday to Tuesday.
They are borrowed from the famous Phra Pathom Chedi Temple, Nakhon Pathom.
Other religious ceremonies include paying respect to the Buddha's relics and making merit by providing monks with milled rice for good luck.
Visitors will also enjoy traditional folk plays, browse through a variety of handicraft products and sample traditional foods and desserts.
A similar festival will take place at the same time at Seacon Square where visitors will have a chance to pour water on famous Buddha statues from different regions. They are the Emerald Buddha from the central area, Phra Bhuddhashinarat from the North, Luang Poh Sothorn from the East, Luang Poh Phrasai from the Northeast and Phra Buddhasihingse from the South. There are also performances of traditional Thai dance and music each day.
Seacon Bangkae is located on Phetkasem Road and Seacon Square on Srinakarin Road.
Call 02-721-8888 ext 33/4.