New Year in Thailand.

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There couldn’t have been a better choice to step into twenty fourteen than in the Land of Smiles as Thailand is known. People at Santhiya were on the war footing organising a fancy goodbye for the year that was, with Thai style decorations being put at strategic places right from the break of day. Although we’d seen them working, their movements swift and eyes focussed on the task at hand, we had no idea what was in store that evening.

The surprise element does add to the thrill and they seem to know it well.

 

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Adding colours to the traditionally bucolic Santhiya.

 

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No corner spared by the beautiful traditional Thai decor. I came to know upon asking the next day that these were brought especially from Chiang Mai, for New Year.

 

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Super excited and dressed upto nines for the evening!

 

All the guests were welcomed in a traditional style that accompanies – a big whole hearted smile, joining of hands, bowing and saying Swadeeka and a small garland made of jasmine and orchids. Beautiful. It was simply beautiful.

 

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Pretty hands making pretty garlands!

 

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Happy to be pictured. :)

 

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Adi is the happy kid in the candy store.

 

A sake like local Thai alcoholic beverage was also a part of the ‘welcome’ drill. By this day, our hosts very well knew the only two vegetarian faces staying with them. Keeping that in mind we were served a vegetarian meal especially prepared for us, which we were expecting in a resort of this sort. But they also took care of that while serving snacks and even had a non alcoholic beverage drink for us (assuming the notion that people who don’t eat meat also don’t drink!). It was a really sweet gesture but more than that it was very professional of them to do that.

Our hosts were dressed in traditional Thai attire and took a moment to greet and speak to the guests gathering for the evening. We basically exchanged some niceties (as with most parties) like how much we like each other’s country and how we are culturally and to an extent religiously connected.

It was a relief to know that the entertainment programme was going to be conventionally Thai, rather than the regular party-till-you-pass-out major city kind.

 

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Sago sweet & savoury snacks. They were absolutely delicious and served piping hot!

 

With this it was no brainer that we were going to literally ‘kick start’ the evening.

 

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Packing a punch for the evening.

 

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Some Thai boxing moves. Well it was basically recreational rather than a true fight.

 

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Thai folk dance adding colour and cheer to the evening.

 

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Dare devil fire dance on the beach!

 

 

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Tables laid for the evening.

 

 

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Hooked to onstage programme that followed with the food

 

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A beautiful Thai dancer opening the evening!

 

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She moved with grace and beauty, in her stunning costume. Also my pumpkin soup tasted great!

 

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A north eastern Thai band made the night musical with traditional instruments.

 

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Another lovely thai dance.

 

Well, the most memorable part for us was being a part of the celebrations by being more than a spectator (which I do very well, by the way).

I had been a spectator to this bamboo dance right from my school days when it was one of the events on the annual day function. I had been curious and very willing about it then, as I was now. Although a tad late, I seized the opportunity as it came my way.

Or the other explanation could be the thai sake ?!?!

 

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One of the pretty little girls took me onstage and explained the steps of their traditional bamboo dance.

 

 

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I don’t know if it was the sake or my long standing desire that made me dance. But I had a great time!!

 

Although the celebrations were out and out thai, the meal was Italian. Unconventional mix but enjoyable.

 

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And before we knew it the countdown began and we were in twenty fourteen!

 

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Off to birthday dinner.

 

I also turned another year older with that and counted my blessings once again.

 

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Our small celebration. :)

 

With lots of happy memories we returned back from Santhiya but be assured with so much of world to see, I’ll be back from somewhere with more lovely moments to share.

Keep sending your love!

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    absolutely fascinating read. beautifully supplemented by awesome pics.congrats to you n your photographer.