In the Western world, house-warming day is typically a subdued celebration. Maybe close friends and family calling by to wish the new home owners well with a drink or two and a gift, but not really a party. In Thailand it’s likely to be much bigger than that. There are really two parts to the day. In the morning it’s about Buddhist blessing ceremonies with monks in attendance to encourage good fortune and prosperity for the new dwelling and its inhabitants.
Then in the evening the party really gets underway. We were invited to a recent house warming in Cha-Am where the party was certainly not subdued and the family and friends were something like 500 in number. Luckily the house in question had been built in a new estate so the owners were able to take over the next two empty building blocks for the night. We had a banquet of Thai food with the ‘team’ of helpers wearing a very 70’s look. Extremely colourful pseudo tied-dyed (or should that be ‘Thai-dyed’) dress was the order of the day. Very easy to know where your next drink was coming from!
On the stage a Thai rock band and a group of some 15 dancers dressed in pink performed their own routines then encouraging the guests to join them on stage to learn some new moves. For the warming of a modest new home this was a party fit for a castle. Our thanks to Khun Joo and Khun Phum for the invitation. On a cool evening in Cha-Am, this was much more than just a house warming, it was a very hot party!