April 27, 2017
Songkran festival at Ratchathamviriyaram 1 Buddhist Temple
On 23 April 2017, Ratchathamviriyaram 1 Buddhist Temple organized a Songkran festival to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year with the Thai community in Ottawa and neighboring areas. The ceremony was presided over by His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Canada, along with Mrs. Wannipa Isarabhakdi.
On this auspicious occasion, the Ambassador said a few words to the Thai community and Canadian friends on the importance of Songkran and maintaining Thailand’s ancient traditions. He also shared an update on recent developments in Thailand as well as inviting the community to join the Embassy’s upcoming activity called the “Amazing Thailand” festival at Lansdowne Park. The Ambassador concluded his remarks by wishing everyone a happy Thai New Year and much happiness in 2017.
There were various activities throughout the day such as offering alms and Dana to the Bhikkhus, pouring water onto the Buddha images, paying respect to the elders, a Songkran beauty pageant, and a splashing of water.