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12 February 2013 :: 10:02:22 am 71754

Worshippers Welcome The “Year of The Snake” In Naklua

A Naklua temple was a gathering point for people participating in the welcoming ritual of the Chinese New Year. Sporadic fireworks were also ignited around Pattaya, while shrines with offerings were set up in many neighborhoods to usher in “The Year of the Snake.”
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PATTAYA – February 10, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; To welcome the “Year of the Snake,” many people came to visit the shrine of the 8 dieties at the Naklua Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan foundation in Pattaya. Overseeing the Chinese New Year’s day was the board of the foundation led by Mr.Prasit Tontitjarern, the chairman of the foundation, along with Mr. Wattana Jantanawanaranon, deptuty mayor of Pattaya city, and other Pattaya officials.

The Chinese zodiac calendar is based on 12 animals that correspond to the year a person is born, rotating in a 12-year cycle. The characteristics used to describe each animal are said to symbolize how you present yourself, or how others perceive you as being. Some consider it to be bad luck to be born on a year associated with a certain animal. People born in the Year of The Snake are described as intuitive and introspective, yet exciting and dark at the same time.

The people who came to visit the temple in Naklua came to worship the gods and 8 deities, and pray for luck for themselves and families. The visitors were mostly wearing red, which the Chinese believe is a lucky color and signifies good fortune and happiness.

Shrine staff members said many people came to visit. Some came as couples, or in big families with grandparents and grandchildren. Nearly all of them came to do merits, such as buying coffins for the unidentified bodies. Some came to the shrine to fix the bad luck caused by the year of birth.

The shrine welcomed all the visitors, and had prepared the holy things to give to visitors, such as Guanyin coins, smiling Buddhas, and jade wristbands.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Community News

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