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Celebrate Thai New Year this weekend in Elmhurst

Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Varanam, a Buddhist temple located at 76-14 46th Avenue

April 21, 2017 Staff Report

Celebrate Thai New Year in Elmhurst for the next two weekends.

The second annual Thai New Year street festival will kick off on Saturday at 11:30 on Woodside Avenue between 75th and 77th Streets, offering music and dance performances, kickboxing demonstrations, yoga and Pilates classes, and samples of traditional Thai food. The festival will be repeated on April 29 from 10 to 6 p.m.

Royal Thai Consul General Pornpong Kanittanon will attend the event, along with local elected officials and community leaders.

The festival celebrates the Thai holiday of “Songkran,” which is celebrated from April 13 to 15 each year, and marks the Thai New Year. It is often celebrated with family reunions and annual house cleanings.

Those observing Songkran also visit local temples and offer food to the Buddhist monks.

The Elmhurst festival was founded last year as a collaboration between Councilman Danny Dromm and local entrepreneur Juttana “Moo” Rimreartwate as a way to showcase the outstanding cuisine and rich performing arts tradition that can be found in Elmhurst’s “Little Thailand.”

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Peter st.peter

I’m converting from Catholic to songkran asap. The traffic this caused convinced me


Songkran is not a religion.
It is a Thai New Year Celebration. No need to convert to party…..


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