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Phuan festival pays respect to ancestors, bolsters Lao-Thai friendship

Phuan communities in Thailand last weekend held their annual festival in Hat Siao Sub-district, Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai province to conserve the culture of the ethnic people originally from Laos and bolster the friendship between both nations.
Lao Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Seng Soukhathivong, Sukhothai province Governor, Mr Pipat Ekphapan, President of Thai Phuan Club of Thailand, Lieutenant General Thanapat Srikulchaipat, local residents and around 3,000 Phuan people from 23 provinces and clubs in Thailand attended the event.
In his opening remarks at the event, Ambassador Seng thanked the Phuan people of Sukhothai, especially the province governor, for the warm welcome to this year’s 60th festival.
He praised the community activities and said they reflected the longstanding solidarity, love, and unification of the Phuan people.
Phuan communities in Thailand originated from Xieng Khuang province more than 1,100 years ago and relocated around 400 years ago. Thai Phuan clubs currently have around two million members.
Ambassador Seng noted the original customs and culture which have been conserved and that the people continued upholding their traditions and respecting their ancestors.
“It gives me great pride to meet the Phuan people, who uphold their traditions and respect the land of their ancestors,” he said.
He also mentioned Phuan people’s visits to relatives in Laos and said that expressed their love of the land of their ancestors and contributed to expanding the good ties between Laos and Thailand.
He called on the people to continue protecting the excellent Lao-Thai relationship in general, and especially between Phuan of the two countries.
On the occasion, the Lao ambassador also invited Phuan people and all Thais to visit Laos to experience its conserved nature. He especially invited Thai Phuan to visit Xieng Khuang province, where a majority of the Phuan community lives.
The Phuan festival is held in Thailand every year and rotates amongst host provinces with the Thai Phuan Club of Thailand its core organiser.
Sukhothai is the second-ranked Thai province in terms of its Phuan population.
The Phuan festival last year took place on February 16 at Ban Lab Muen Phruan School in Chom Chan sub-district, Wiang Sa district, Nan province.
This year, the annual event of the Phuan people in Thailand is accompanied by Boun Phapa (Buddhist festival of donations to mobilise funds for development of religious facilities).

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 22,

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