On 12 April 2013, the Royal Thai
Consulate-General in Dubai, together with the Thai Women Association in Dubai
and the Northern Emirates organized Songkarn Festival 2013 for the Thai
community in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
The festival welcomed more than 300 attendants who came together for the
merit making during the morning session and the recreational activities in the
Songkarn Festival 2013
adopted the ambience of the temple fair in Thailand. The participants enjoyed the traditional
merit making and blessing in the morning and a relaxed, yet vibrant activities
in the afternoon. During the afternoon
session, participants took part in the "rod nam dam hua" activity,
where participants paid respect to the elderly or the respected members of the
community by pouring water onto their hands for blessing and good fortune. Additionally, there were various cultural and
recreational activities included Thai boxing demonstration, the Songkan Junior
Beauty Pageant, singing, lucky draw prizes and splashing water on one another
as a sign of cleansing and to welcome the new year.