Pattaya woke up to the sights and sounds of thousands of fireworks lighting up the night sky this past weekend coinciding with one of the holiest festivals in Indian mythology, Diwali or Deepawali, the Festival of Lights.
Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil and the eradication of dark shadows, negativity and doubts from our lives. It is a celebration of prosperity in which people give gifts to their loved ones. The festival also sends the message to illuminate our inner selves with clarity and positivity.
After going through a period of darkness and despair, Pattaya was ready to emerge from the darkness of despair and let the light of hope, optimism and love shine again in our hearts, our hearts. spirits and our spirits.
Organized by Thai Sikh News, Destination Siam, Dubai Bazaar, Iconic Events, with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the City of Pattaya, the Great Indian Diwali Festival was held at the Royal Garden Plaza from November 26 to 28.
On Saturday November 27, the Mayor of Pattaya, Sonthaya Kunplome, with the Deputy Minister of Culture Porames Ngarmpiches, Lieutenant General of Police Sukhum Phrommayan, Commissioner of the Tourist Police, Mr. Krissada Rattanapruek, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for the Eastern Region and Arpana Patwardhan, Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center graced the event and held religious blessing ceremonies to kick off the festivities.
The opening ceremonies included a tribute to Lord Ganesh as each elder lit lamps and bowed to the sacred statue. Lord Ganesh is revered and revered by millions of people all over the world, especially during Diwali when observers worship the elephant-headed Lord Ganesh, the deity of good beginnings and allegorical destroyer of all evils and obstacles, a beacon of comfort for those who need it, those who are demotivated, alone or overwhelmed by the problems of the world.
These auspicious ceremonies were indeed very timely as Pattaya is in desperate need of all the blessings and comfort that she can get to overcome these difficult times.
For 3 days, the ground floor of the square was transformed into a mini India where dozens of stalls were set up to sell Indian goods including clothes, accessories and home decorations.
The best attractions were the many stalls serving Indian specialties including curries and delicious Indian sweets.
Traditional Indian dances were also performed on stage and there was a lot of chanting and laughing in the colorful atmosphere of Diwali.
Thai India Pattaya Business Association launched
During the Diwali festival, the Thai Indian community announced the founding of the Thai India Pattaya Business Association (TIPBA) with Mr. Sukhraj Kalra as founding president. Sukhraj aka ‘Pa Chub’ said, âTIPBA is a non-profit association established with the aim of promoting friendship and unity among the Thai-Indian business community in Pattaya. We’re here to help businesses and families through the good times and the tough times. Most importantly, we vehemently support the city of Pattaya in all its business and social endeavors, especially the support and promotion of tourism.
Indians, Thais and people of all nationalities came to celebrate Diwali at the Royal Garden Plaza. While savoring the delicious Indian food, singing and dancing, deep in their hearts, they prayed for a better future for all mankind.