Thai New Year Celebrated in Chino Hills with Food, Costumes and Dances – Daily Bulletin



  • Johnson Samatmamakit does an impromptu dance with mum Wendy to celebrate Thai New Year at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple in Chino Hills on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • A dance from northeast Thailand draws photographers to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Several hundred people celebrate the Thai New Year on a hot afternoon. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • A woman in line for food came prepared with her own shade in the form of a floppy hat at Buddhist temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Ratchanee Lloyd, right, and dancers inspire a female audience to dance as they perform a northeastern Thai dance at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Monk Sam Han photographs the crowd lining up for Thai food as Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple in Chino Hills celebrates Thai New Year on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG )

  • Volunteer You Puong of Chino can take the heat for a good cause as a long line of 50 awaits his jump at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple in Chino Hills on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, La Presse -Company / SCNG)

  • Dancer Wendy Samatmamakit doesn’t hesitate to shout for people to watch the Thai dance group perform at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple in Chino Hills on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG )

  • Nicole O’Jong, right, and dancers wrap up their northeastern Thai performance by throwing multi-colored rose petals at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple on Sunday April 18, 2021 (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press- Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Some might see red on a scorching 90 degree afternoon in the Chino Hills, but Monk Thawat Chai cools off with iced coffee under a red umbrella at Buddhist temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA on Sunday April 18, 2021 red shadow. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Thai New Year, known as Songkran, was celebrated on Sunday with traditional Thai costumes, food, music and dancing at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep USA Buddhist temple in Chino Hills.

Songkran is a national holiday in Thailand and takes place on April 13 each year, but is celebrated until April 15.

Songkran is the most important event on the Buddhist calendar. The Water Festival marks the start of the traditional New Year.

The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “to pass” or “to approach”.



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