Local Buddhist Temple Celebrates Anniversary, Thai New Year

April 27, 2008

Author: Victor O'Brien

Source: Killeen Daily Herald


Wat Pah Sammarkki Buddhist Temple in Killeen broke from the normal tradition of peace to celebrate two special occasions Saturday.

On the eve of the Thai new year, temple members and local residents joined to celebrate the temple's 14th anniversary in Killeen with a Songkran (New Year's) Festival on Saturday. The Thai new year typically falls in the middle of April and is determined by the lunar calendar.

The festival included Thai dancing, food, music and live kickboxing.

About 35 monks from as far away as New York and Washington attended the festival and guided festival-goers in chanting.