The 53rd Chao Pho Khao Yai Cha-Am Festival

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The disciples of Chao Pho Khao Yai Cha-Am are organising the 53rd Chao Pho Khao Yai Cha-Am Festival between 2nd and 6th July 2013 at the Cha-Am Municipality.

According to Cha-Am Mayor Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri, Chao Pho Khao Yai Cha-Am is the highly revered sacred figure for Cha-Am and its neighboring districts. As reflected by Cha-Am’s motto, “The City of Clear Seawater, White Beach, Sacred Chao Pho Khao Yai and Generous People”, legend has it that Chao Pho Khao Yai was actually a Chinese emigrant who came to Cha-Am. He was highly respected by local people because of his knowledge about medicine. When he passed away a shrine was erected for him behind the Cha-Am Railway Station so that people could pay him respect.

The Chao Pho Khao Yai Cha-Am shrine is frequently visited when local people would like their wishes to come true. It is said that most good wishes come true if the person pays the homage properly, added Mr. Nukul.

To express gratitude to Chao Pho Khao Yai, since 1960, the local people of Cha-Am have organised this festival in the City every year. This year’s event features a big opening ceremony on 2nd July at 12 noon.  An image is paraded in a big procession around Cha-Am. The image will then be enshrined temporarily in front of Cha-Am Municipality. At 8.30 p.m., Mr. Nukul will host an official opening of the festival along with firework displays, stage performances, outdoor movies and Chinese opera.

On 3rd and 4th July from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be a ceremony to pay homage.  During the night there will be stage performances, outdoor movies and Chinese opera. On 5th July from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, a homage paying ceremony will be held prior to an evening auction for charity then stage performances, outdoor movies and Chinese opera.

On 6th July at 2 p.m., a ceremony to pay respect to the Spirits will take place in front of the Chao Pho Khao Yai’s shrine.  At 3.30 p.m., there will be donation of food, sweets and fruit.  In the evening, there will be stage performances, outdoor movies and Chinese opera. At midnight, the image will be returned to th shrine.

The disciples of Chao Pho Khao Yai are currently building a new bigger shrine for Chao Pho Khao Yai.  Any financial support for this project is welcome during the festival.

Finally, the Cha-Am Mayor would like to invite both visitors and local people of Cha-Am to attend this.

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