Thai Songkran Festival 2014!
Based on some of our past experiences at this annual event (see the 2013 event), this is an interesting experience & delicious food! There will be many meetup groups going.
The website for Wat Thai is here: http://www.watthaidc.org/
( scroll down for many more photos of the event! )
The festival's schedule for the day is shown below, but may change from what we show. Any time is a great time to go, but there are also scheduled activities & presentations. There are grassy areas off to the side where people spread out blankets and have picnics.
7:00 a.m. Breakfast served to the monks.
8:30 a.m. Pouring of lustral water to honor the Buddha Image.
8:30 a.m. Food and merchandise stands open.
10:00 a.m. Religious ceremony.
10:30 a.m. Offering of food to the monks.
11:00 a.m. Lunch served to the monks.
Memorial service and sermons by the Abbot “Luang Ta Chi”
1:30 p.m. Pouring of lustral water to honor the monks.
1:30 p.m. Thai Music & Dance Shows.
3:30 p.m. Food and merchandise stands close.
Some people may need rides... update if you can offer a ride, or if you need a ride. The closest metro station is Glenmont.
The festival info in the past has said: "Parking: Free parking at Wat Thai, Barrie School. School yellow shuttle buses will pick up passengers in front of the Glenmont Metro garage and drop off from all parking locations."
Photo of school bus from past years:
How to get there & park & find us: Lots of people wind up parking in the local streets, and here is what the entrance looks like from Layhill Road to the side streets - street view - click here. (Red Line).
Keep going north on Layhill Road, and the location is on the left (west) side, as shown in this street view:
We'll meet near the circle - at the steps in front of the temple - and the circle is showing in the center of this satellite view: click here for view.
Photos of prior year's celebrations: