July 15, 2008

Thai Festival Will Boast 60 Stalls

THE BEST of South East Asia is being brought to Warwickshire as part of an annual event that celebrates all things Thai.

Spicy food, Buddhist prayers, and boxing will all feature at Warwick's third Thai Festival on Sunday, from 11.30am.

The district's Rotary Club is promising that this year's event, which will take place in The Market Place, will be bigger and better with 60 stalls offering a range of goods reflecting the country's crafts and culture.

The day will start with a Buddhist thanks-giving ceremony involving food, gifts and prayers being presented to monks in a mockup mini-temple. This will be followed by a drum parade around the square and the grand opening by the mayor of Warwick.

The Ambassador for Thailand will then speak on behalf of the Thai community in the Midlands, while the town crier will be on hand to advertise the event to passers-by.

The programme on the main stages will include, dancing, a fashion show, sword fighting demonstrations, reflexology and massage, beer tasting and boxing.

This year's big raffle prize is a holiday for two to Bangkok and Phuket.

All money raised will be handed to good causes in Warwick and Thailand.

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