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Updated February 24, 2012
The 2012 L.A. Thai Songkran Festival returns in April!
The 9th annual Thai New Year’s Day Songkran Festival on Hollywood Blvd in located in the City of Los Angeles will take place on:
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The festivities, known at the “Biggest Cultural Event Outside Thailand” will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m with most of the cool stuff happening after noon. This treasure of Los Angeles takes place in East Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. between Western and Normandie. The official website (which is more helpful if you speak Thai) is at ThaiNewYear.com.
In researching this article, I came across their new Facebook page. I think by April 15, we should try to get them to 1,000 likes!
Whaddaya say? Like away!
We will try to post more as we get more details.
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Below is the original post from 2008
What makes this festival one of the Top 10 festivals in Southern California?
ADMISSION IS FREE
The money in your wallet can go towards that one-of-a-kind gift.
This is the largest Thai festival in the United States. It is a celebration of the Thai culture for people of Thai decent living in the US that we can all take part in. On a Sunday in April, Hollywood Boulevard will transform into a Bangkok street.
There will be an abundance of traditional Thai dishes including pad thai, satay, and mango with sticky rice. This year also marks the beginning of the International Curry Festival.
THE BIRTH OF THE INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL
The first instance of the Annual International Curry Festival will celebrate curry in all its forms. Curry transcends culture. Although originally from India, other cultures including Thailand and Japan have created national dishes flavored with curry.
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Not only will the Thai curry be the super star that day, all kinds of curry related products, regardless of their national origins, shape, color, spice level, texture will be worshipped. All the international curry products will also have a chance to compete for the CURRY KING title. In this event people can try different kind of curry dishes, desserts, and snacks that are made with curry. In addition to that, the participants can learn how to make easy and flavorsome curry dishes and desserts demonstrated by star chef Jet Tila and others. People will also find unique and special curry ingredients from around the world that they have never seen and tasted before.
THE VARIETY OF THINGS TO DO
Over 200 booths, two main stages and a boxing ring will give you many ways to sample Thai culture.
Highlights: Thai water blessing (from 8am till 9am), Vendors selling Thai handicrafts, Muay Thai Boxing, a community parade, the Thai Traditional Attire Fashion Show, craft areas for the kids, Thai classical and folk dances, live music, the Singha Beer Garden, Miss Thai Town New Year USA beauty contest, Jonas and Kristy, intricate fruit carving demonstrations, free health screenings, and the 5k Run/Walk.
A 47-SECOND WALK FROM THE METRO RED LINE
Use public transportation to the festival and skip the headache of searching for a parking space.
A CHANCE TO SPEAK THAI TO A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
Say “sa-wat-di pi mai” (happy new year) to everyone you meet. You can also try “krai kai kai kai” which means “who sells chicken eggs?”. Click here for some more basic Thai phrases.
For more information (mostly in Thai):