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Water festival rings in Thai New Year in Sumter

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 4/26/18

Local families celebrated the Thai New Year on Sunday during the annual Songkran Festival at Sumter Forest Temple. Also known as the Thailand Water Festival, Songkran involves sprinkling water on the hands of monks and elders as a sign of respect …

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Water festival rings in Thai New Year in Sumter

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Local families celebrated the Thai New Year on Sunday during the annual Songkran Festival at Sumter Forest Temple. Also known as the Thailand Water Festival, Songkran involves sprinkling water on the hands of monks and elders as a sign of respect and blessings of good luck for the new year. Those who participate also sprinkle water on statues of Buddha.

Locals traveled to Sumter Forest Temple where they gave offerings to the monks before washing their hands with water for the new year. The laypeople then sprinkled water on each other.

The evening ended with traditional Thai performances and karaoke by the staff of Thai Elephant Restaurant in Charleston.