Toy’s Mother with part of the Family
One of the important activitiesof songkran is the way Thais visit and pay respect to their parents, the elder members of their family, and other people they respect.
Sprinkling Water on Hands
On the third day the family gathered at Toy’s mother’s house for a small ceremony. They firstly acknowledged Toy’s late father by sprinkling water on his photograph. A platter was then placed in front of his mother containing small gifts of flowers, a bowl of water, popped rice, money etc and family members then sprinkled perfumed water over her hands while asking for her blessing. This is to show respect, appreciation and love and to extend best wishes for the coming year as well.
Mother Praying for Family
Mother Tying Thread on Family Member’s Wrists
She then prayed to family members and tied thread to both wrists, wishing them luck for the forthcoming year.
The family then did a walking tour of the village, visiting hoises where older people lived, taking small glfts with them.
In the afternoon we visited the temple for another traditional activity. Read about it here. Also here.
Decoration for Sand Pagoda
Sand Pagoda at Temple
Judy & Dale
Last night the Travel Club met at the Sangdee Gallery. The presenters were Dale & Judy, originally from the USA, who have lived seven months of the year in Greece for some time. Their pictures were a mixture of new and old shots taken over a number of years. They included the mainland and some Greek islands. They live 2 1/2 hours driving south of Athens airport. The remainder of the year is spent in Chiang Mai.
They do a lot of travelling.
Judy did the talking while Dale operated the computer and projector. They said the best time to visit was September, when the majority of tourists have departed and the weather is still good.
BarBQue Goat Greece
Their presentation was rich in photographs and covered not only tourist spots but food. The cost of food is cheap, but it is a good idea to ask the price if it includes fish. Souvlaki is popular of course. Lamb. goat. and octopus are all plentiful.
Drying Octopus Greece
Gasoline is expensive but distances are small. They commented briefly on the economic situation. Although it does not affect them, some of their friends are struggling. Unemployment, especially of young people, is a problem. The population is about 11 million.
A very informative presentation which has given me a greater appreciation of the country.
Travel Club Group By CityNow!
On the 14 April, many former and current teachers return to the village school. Although songkran is a time to have fun, it is also time to pay respect to teachers and members of staff.
As a sign of gratitude and respect,
Merit Making by Toy
students sprinkle water onto their teacher’s hands.This day is an occasion for pupils to make merit for their teachers who in return will pray for them and brush their heads with scented water..
Of course especially the younger children enjoy the water fighting. It is so hot in April, no one seems to mind. The older children and adults enjoy group dancing.
The whole school area is like a fun park with much enjoyment.
Teachers Pray for Their Former Students
Waiting for Victims
Lottery Ticket Seller for Luck
Water Wars Gang
13 April is Songkran Day. Let the water wars begin!
We left Chiang Mai about 8:30 am and stopped at Charin Resort for lunch, coffee, and pie. It’s a “must-stop” kind of restaurant.
We arrived at the village and spent a relaxing afternoon with Toy’s family.
The Thai whisky and soda flowed freely and the karoke machine worked overtime!
Toy with his 86 year old Mother
Toy’s Niece with Daughter
Toy’s Friend, Tit
White Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant
Last night, 10 of us from the Dining Out Group, ate at the White Lotus Vietnamese restaurant. This new restaurant is just a bit out of town in Mae Rim. It is located within the Palm Springs Spa Village, off road 1260.
Surrounded by Rice Fields
It was a unique dining experience with creative Vietnamese food, great atmosphere and decoration, peaceful surroundings (rice fields). Unfortunately the air conditioning had broken down and it was a warm evening! Diners have the choice of eating outside or inside.
We ordered a Vietnamese Platter and Sugar Cane Prawns. The presentation was great but the food was heavily herbed which repeated on me during the evening.
I finished with an apple crumble. Another pleasant Dining Out Group finction!
Sugar Cane Prawns
Songkran is here again! Sawadee Pee Mai!
We are going up to Toy’s village for a few days. Maybe it will be a little more hectic than here in Chiang Mai.
Yesterday was Toy’s birthday He turned 43.
The Good View
To celebrate the occasion we had dinner at the Good View Village & Karoke. This venue has great ambiance.
We had prawn fritters for starters and then Toy ordered pilot fish and cha oom vegetables in spicy chilli soup (too hot for me} while I ordered deep fried pork knuckle, served on a hot plate.
The pork knuckle was huge. We took the remainder home in a doggie bag and we are finishing it off for lunch today.
Deep Fried Pork Knuckle
The Birthday Boy
A Good Hardy’s Red
Toy’s Harem From By The Pool Snack Bar Downstairs Presents Him With a Birthday Cake Yesterday Afternoon
Toy in his Teens