“The Cultural Events Series: Songkran Festival in Four Regions” Enjoy All Kinds of Pleasure in One Place ‘Rattana Waree’ Aquatic Show, Traditional Performance and Songkran Legend in Four Regions
The Crown Property Bureau is hosting “The Cultural Events Series: Songkran Festival in Four Regions” under the concept of “Aquatic Wonder – Uniqueness of Siam” to celebrate Songkran Festival with splendor in Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall located on Ratchadamneon Klang Avenue. Circulating outdoor activities and exhibitions will take place in Mahajesadabodintr Pavilion Court, Ratchanadda Temple and Metal Castle. Visitors can have fun with “Rattana Waree” colorful water tunnel and “Man Natee Wichit”, which are 30-meter long water curtain and technologically advanced water curtain that moves as if it has a mind of its own. Visitors will also learn the legend of Nang Songkran via animation and enjoy Songkran tradition in four regions. Furthermore, they can travel back through time by witnessing traditional way of life in ancient market. In additional, they can enjoy cooking and crafting demonstration of each region as well as a variety of traditional play and performance. For the first time in Thailand, visitors can sprinkle water onto the Buddha images around the Metal Castle on this auspicious occasion of Thai New Year Day.
On April 12, Mrs. Wanwimol Supaprasert, Assistant Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau, presided over “The Cultural Events Series:Songkran Festival in Four Regions” in Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Afterward, she led the tour to 30-meter long water curtain and fountain as well as water curtain that interacts with audiences as if it was alive. This is considered the presentation technique of the year.
“Songkran Festival is considered Thai New Year that is full of joy and the uniqueness of Siamese Kingdom. Therefore, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall would like to take part in continuing the heritage by using the water as the symbol of Songkran Festival and presenting it in different ways under the concept of “Aquatic Wonder – Uniqueness of Siam”. This event integrates delightful plays and performances from each region with knowledge of Songkran history. Furthermore, visitors can enhance the fortune by sprinkling water onto Buddha images around Metal Castle for the first time in the history of Thailand. You will gain every kind of pleasure when visiting this event during Songkran Festival,” revealed Mrs. Wanwimol Supaprasert, Assistant Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau.
The event was divided into three zones. The activities in Multipurpose Hall of Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall will take place from April 12 to 30, 2011 (closed on Monday) and include the exhibition of Songkran Festival in four regions as well as animation of Nang Songkran’s story. At the entrance, visitors will witness the dazzling interactive water curtain with lively movement and have fun with the game of releasing birds and fish on multimedia touch screen. They can also enjoy each region’s cultural performances that daily take turn appearing on stage, such as Dung Krok Dung Sak (Pull the mortar and pestle) Dance, Long Drum Dance, Clashing Bamboo Dance, Lamtat Performance, Choi Song, Kratua Taeng Sua Dance and Yae Kai Mod Dang Dance.
The second part is outdoor activities at Mahajesadabodintr Pavilion Court. During April 12 and 17, 2011, from 5 to 9 p.m., visitors can travel back through time to see traditional way of life in ancient market. Also on display are cooking demonstration of traditional food for Songkran Festival as well as play and performance of four regions, namely Drum Dance of Victory, Pong Lang Performance, Thai Mask Dance in the episode of “Hanuman Charn Kamhaeng” from Chalermkrung Theatre, Manorah Dance, comedy show, Likay Song Kruang (dramatic performance with lavish costume) and concert of folk songs by iconic Jonas and Christy. Furthermore, they will feel fresh with “Rattana Waree” and experience colorful water tunnel and water curtain with 30-meter length.
The last part of event will occur at Ratchanadda Temple between April 12 and 14, 2011. This is the first time for Thai people to sprinkle water onto 32 Buddha images around Metal Castle. Furthermore, they can worship the relic of Lord Buddha and his disciples on the auspicious occasion of traditional New Year Day.
“The Cultural Events Series:Songkran Festival in Four Regions” under the concept of “Aquatic Wonder – Uniqueness of Siam” is open for free of charge in Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall on Ratchadamneon Klang Avenue on the date and time mentioned above. For further information on the event and show, please contact 02-621-0044 or 081-655-8859 or at www.nitasrattanakosin.com or www.facebook.com/nitasrattanakosin.