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UBU celebrated Songkran: Thai Traditional New Year Festival

Patcharin Jongjai     2019/04/10 ,     ( 388 views)  

On 10 April 2019, UBU organized the Songkran: Thai Traditional New Year Festival at the Office of the President Building. All UBU staff and students were invited to join and participate during all of the festivities. Moreover, elder representatives from nearby communities around the campus were also invited.  The activities  ran from 7.00 am to 2 pm. It included a Brahmin ceremony, a Buddhist event, the pouring of scented water onto Buddha statues and elders’ hands, having lunch together, splashing water on each other and playing traditional games. These activities represented the very essence of the Songkran Festival tradition and the bonding of the UBU community.

On the same day, the Office of International Relations invited international staff and students to join a pre-ceremonial event which aimed to teach participants how to make some traditional handmade items for the Songkran Festival. The event was held in the IR Office from 9.00 to 10.00 am. During this event, staff and students had a chance to learn how to make scented water to pour at the campus wide event and their own flower garlands to wear.  The participants were quite excited to learn about these traditional handmade items as it was many of their first times to make it themselves.

Besides the production of skillful graduates to serve communities, UBU always emphasizes the significance of traditional and cultural conservation activities and the strengthening of relationships with local communities. As a result, UBU will always continue to organize more cultural events where all members of UBU and neighboring communities are invited to join.