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April showers us with Thai New Year
April 14, 2011 - Carla Tracy
Pad Thai Restaurant at Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina will celebrate Thai New Year by hosting its first Songkran Festival on Friday, April 15th.
“The Songkran Festival marks the beginning of Thailand’s New Year and is celebrated from the 13th–15th of April,” says Alison Ito, the director of sales and marketing of Wharf Cinema Center shops and restaurants. “The festival is held on the hottest time of the year in Thailand.”
“Traditions of the Songkran are throwing of water, symbolic of cleansing and bestowing blessings. Another tradition is visiting and paying respects to the elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.”
“During the Songkran, pageants are held, in which young women demonstrate their beauty and unique talents, and a Miss Songkran is chosen by the audience.”
At Pad Thai in Lahaina, Thai dancing begins at 6 p.m., followed by the Miss Songkran pageant at 7 p.m. Then get ready for some wet ‘n’ wild fun, when the water throwing celebration makes a splash after the pageant.
Diners may enjoy an all-you-can-eat authentic buffet packed with Pad Thai Chicken, Spring Rolls, Yum Woon Sen salad, Crispy Chicken, Tom Kha Gai, Chicken Coconut soup and Thai Ice Tea for $19.99 per person. Dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. But the restaurant opens early each day at 9 a.m. For more details, call 661-9911.
“The Wharf Cinema Center is located directly across from the famous Banyan Tree in historic Lahaina Town,” says Ito. “We have lots of validated parking behind the Center with entrances off of Luakini and Waine`e Streets.”
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Fui (left) and Risha dance at Pad Thai in Lahaina