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15 October 2010 :: 15:10:16 pm 44081

Vegetarian Festival Goers Celebrate Goddess of the Sea

Over 300 vegetarian festivalgoers, adorned in traditional white robes, joined in a ceremonial procession to the waterfront in Sattahip on Thursday, where a large Krathong was released into the sea in celebration of the Chinese water goddess.
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Sattahip, the 14th of October 2010: At approximately 8:00pm on Thursday, Sawang Rodjanatham Foundation President, Narong Bunbanjerdsri along with over 300 Vegetarian Festival goers moved in a ceremonial procession to the waterfront at the Sattahip Land Offices.

Adorned in traditional white robes, most of the visitors released small Krathong’s into the sea as a sign of worship and respect to the Chinese sea goddess ‘Mizu,’ praying for the souls lost at sea and prosperity in their endeavours, particularly relevant to local fishermen. In addition, the Sattahip municipality set ablaze a large Krathong into the sea on behalf of the areas residents.

Mr. Bunbanjerdsri and the Sawang Rodjanatham Foundation where responsible for organising the Vegetarian Festival celebrations in Sattahip, where residents and visitors are free to come an accept vegetarian meals, three times per day, on behalf of the organisation. Visitors are also urged to join in on the religious events pertaining to the popular Thai-Chinese festival.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Mr. Bunbanjerdsri explained the principles of discipline, morals and worship to the visiting audience, urging people to come together over the 10-day celebrations cleansing their ‘body, speech and mind’ in accordance with the traditional meaning of the festival, which specifically prohibits the consumption of meat, fish and dairy products.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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