This past weekend Thaithentic joined the Songkran Day Festival at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY. Councilman Daniel Dromm and the Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram Temple in Elmhurst hosted the event.
Students from the local Thai community filled the day with dance performances call Khan Dok dance. This type of dance symbolizes Thais’ worship of Buddha by offering flowers, candles and incense. Festival participants enjoyed to-go boxes of Thai food from local Thai restaurants including Eim Khao Mun Kai, Ayada and SriPraPhai in Woodside. Among festival attendees was newly appointed Thai Consul General Pornpong Kanittanon.
This is the inaugural year for the Songkran Day Festival. “We look forward to doing this every year and we hope to make it bigger and better,” Councilman Dromm said of the festival.
“New Years is about peace and happiness,” said Juttana “Moo” Rimreartwate, a Thai community activist.