Couples tie the knot atop elephants on Valentine’s Day

Photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

In a display of romance and tradition, couples in Thailand celebrated their love atop majestic elephants on Valentine’s Day.

Clad in traditional attire, nine pairs exchanged vows in a mass wedding that captivated onlookers at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chon Buri.

A bride, Narumon Komgpanoy, shared that the ceremony is sacred, which makes everyone want to have a wedding atop the elephants. In Thai culture, elephants are revered as household and city companions, symbolising national prosperity.

The procession, led by dancers in exquisite traditional costumes, saw the couples riding gracefully on the backs of elephants. At the culmination, a local district official, perched atop an elephant, officiated the signing of marriage licences, adding a unique touch to the festivities.

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The elephant, Thailand’s national animal, holds deep cultural significance, with the image of a white elephant once adorning the Thai flag as a symbol of good fortune, reported Bangkok Post.

Groom Jirat Somprasung expressed his joy on the occasion.

“I feel very happy. Today is the day of love, so I feel good about obtaining the marriage licence with my wife.”

In related news, the Jewellery Trade Centre (JTC) on Silom Road became the epicentre of love as numerous LGBTQ+ couples flocked to register their unions yesterday. Amidst the glittering aura of romance, approximately 800 couples, eager to formalise their relationships, gravitated towards the Bang Rak district, a symbolic haven dubbed the land of love. However, this year, the registration venue shifted to the JTC, offering a more convenient and spacious setting for the lovebirds.

In other news, a drunken Thai taxi driver crashed into a couple on a motorcycle on the Liab Khlong Sam Road in the central province of Pathum Thani yesterday, leading to the victims’ deaths.

Khlong Luang Police Station officers were alerted to the fatal accident at 7.30am yesterday, February 14, and rushed to the scene with a rescue team. The two victims, a 41 year old man and his 40 year old wife were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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