April 25, 2017
Ambassador attends the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa's Thai New Year 2017
On 22 April 2017, His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Canada, accompanied by Mrs. Wannipa Isarabhakdi, along with officials of the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa, participated in the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa's Thai New Year 2017 event at the Ottawa City Hall, held in commemoration of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa.
On this occasion, Ambassador Vijavat delivered opening remarks, explaining the importance of Songkran – the traditional Thai New Year – and the various traditions connected with this event. The Ambassador also expressed his appreciation to Ms. Sukijja “Kai” Whitcomb, Director and Founder of the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa, who has played an important role in promoting Thai arts and culture here in Canada for many years. The Ambassador concluded by wishing all the guests a happy Thai New Year and invited everyone to the upcoming cultural event, “Amazing Thailand”, that the Embassy will be organizing on July 28, at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
(To read the Ambassador’s remarks, please visit http://thaiembassy.ca/en/about-embassy/ambassador-messages/remarks-by-his-excellency-vijavat-isarabhakdi-at-the-thai-new-year-2017.)
The Thai New Year ceremony was attended by many distinguished guests including Senator Thanh Hai Ngo; MPP Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario; Ms. Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP (Ottawa—Vanier); Ottawa City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North); heads of diplomatic missions and members of the diplomatic corps; high-ranking officials from Global Affairs Canada, including Mr. Ian Burchett, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister (Asia-Pacific); members of the media, Friends of Thailand; members of the International Women’s Club of Ottawa – (IWCO), and members of the general public.
During the event, there were numerous ceremonies and activities which showcased Thai cultural heritage, such as classical Thai dance performances, a Thai musical performance by Chamni Sripraram, guest soloist, a ceremony to pay respect to the elders, fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations, umbrella painting, and traditional Thai massage. The guests also had a chance to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine from the Ambassador’s kitchen and various Thai restaurants.