Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
**FREE ADMISSION, OPEN TO PUBLIC**
The Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa cordially invites you to join us in the "Thai New Year 2017" in commemoration of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In celebration of TDO's 30th Anniversary & Canada's 150th Anniversary.
Tribute to the Late King Bhumibol
Homage to Canada's 150th
Respect to Elders Ceremony
The Art of Fruits & Vegetable Craving
The Art of Umbrella Painting
Traditional Thai Massages
& A Taste of Delicious Thai Dishes.
The Thai traditional New Year known as Songkran or the Water Festival falls on April 13 of every year. The word “Songkran” means “move” or “change place” as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is an occasion for family reunion. The Thai traditional New Year begins with early morning merit-making, offering food to Buddhist monks, the bathing of the Buddha Image, and releasing caged birds to freedom. Paying respect to one’s ancestors is an important part of the day. People will also pay their respects to Elders by pouring scented water over the palms of their hands. Elders in return wish the youngsters good luck and prosperity. In the afternoon, the celebrants of all ages will joyfully splash water on each other as people believe that water washes away bad luck.