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08 February 2008 :: 15:02:56 pm 25311

Lion dance with elephant at Nong Nooch Garden

Pung "troot-jeen" a fascinating female elephant, cerebrated chinese new year 2008 by performing her charmed lion dance sports at nong nooch tropical botanical garden to welcome the "golden rat"
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Pattaya – Chinese New year normally falls on a different date each year, ranging from late January to mid-February, unlike the western New Year, celebrations aren’t tightly focused on one date.

This year, the big day itself was February 7 2008 and carries on until 14th February.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, besides its fame as the biggest and the most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia, visitors will experience various kinds of fascinating and impressive Thai cultural and traditional dance shows as well as elephant Show. ]

This year, Mr. Kampol Tunsatja, the president of Nong Nooch Garden, and his team have provided the traditional dragon dance, lion dance from 8th Feb until 14th Feb 2008, especially lion dance by “troot-jeen” a 7-year-old, fascinating female elephant. Her first Lion Dance was performing on 8th Feb, in the Elephant garden show area.

Tourists and local visitors were clapping their hands, impressively, for “troot-jeen” and her enjoyable performance. She was happy to receive presents (cash and bananas) from her fans after each shows.

Mr. Kampol Tunsatja, his family and Nong Nooch team, welcome all visitors to cerebrate the Lunar New Year. The year 2008, according to the Chinese calendar, is the “year of the rat,” which will be marked by a spurt in business.

According to the Chinese, the Lion Dance, if done correctly, will bring happiness and luck and will scare evil away. The lion is a holy animal and is included in the Chinese mythology.

Sacrifice to ancestors is also central to the new year rituals, when dead relatives are remembered with respect, since they helped lay the foundation of the fortunes of the present generation.

Pung “troot-jeen” (Pung is the female elephant title while Plai is used for male elephant), was born on 26th February 2001, the Chinese New year?s Day (troot-jeen). Mr. Kampol named her after the special day. Pung ?troot-jeen? was born to be a very happy elephant.

She is very friendly, smart and a little bit naughty sometimes. Her trainer told the reporters  She learns fast, never be savage, or show any signs of bad temper She’s very popular, tourists from all around the world, whoever visitss us, loves her, some even come here particularly to visit Pung “troot-jeen”,he proudly added.

Pung “troot-jeen” is the only one child of Pung Wasna and Plai Bird. Troot-jeen’s family is a great part of Nong nooch elephant team. “troot-jeen” can do Gymnastic, Thai massage, Disco Dancing, walks across people, stands or sits on two feet, and of course, she can do Lion Dance.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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