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04 February 2011 :: 11:02:01 am 49788

Pattaya City Hall’s Chinese Celebration

At an early morning ceremony a full complement of Pattaya city’s leading government officials were present to join in a special ceremony to welcome in the Chinese New Year. This year heralds in the “Year of the Rabbit,” that will no doubt prove to be lucky for those born under this zodiacal sign.
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Pattaya, 1st February 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, led the proceedings with the lighting of incense on the front steps of Pattaya City Hall. This was a very impressive looking event because the highest ranking officials were dressed in beautifully tailored, bright red coloured, traditional Chinese jackets. Strictly speaking, this is more of a ceremonial event, rather than an entertainment show, even though there is a degree of showcasing some of the traditional Chinese ways as well.

After the burning of incense and suitable prayer offerings, came a magical show led by a troupe of dragon dancers, who guided the long dragon through the crowd and up onto the steps of Pattaya’s City Hall. The accompiament of squads beating drums and other percussion instruments fitted in perfectly with these strictly traditional Chinese New Year events. Many people of Chinese origin travel to Pattaya especially to take part in these spectacular celebrations, and this means that it is also a busy time for our Pattaya City work force.

The Chinese new  year is probably the biggest single cultural event celebrated widely throughout Asia and is certainly very popular in the Kingdom of Thailand, due to the fact that a great many Thai citizens can trace some of their ancestry back to their motherland of China. It is true to say that Thailand’s huge economic success is due in part to many of the Chinese who repatriated in the Kingdom over the last two centuries.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Community News

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