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Phuket ushers in the New Year 2013



PHUKET: About 1,000 people gathered at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town this morning to join a mass blessing ceremony to usher in the new year 2013.

Phuket residents, officials and tourists offered alms to 145 monks as part of the festivities this morning.

Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa at 7am officiated the blessing ceremony, joined by Vice Governors Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak and Chamroen Tipayapongtada along with many other high-ranking Phuket officials.

Phra Kru Phrakhun Sutthakij, Deputy Abbot at Wat Wichit Sangkaram temple on Narisorn Road, near Phuket Provincial Hall, led the mass blessing.

“These blessings can be used as guiding principles by which to live your life this year. The first blessing is for forgiveness and to always wish others happiness. One you have a good mind, you will be well-intentioned, you will be happy and beloved,” he spoke.

“The second blessing is for wisdom. Think before you do things.

“The third blessing is for is patience. Be patient with everything, including gossip,” Phra Kru Phrakhun Sutthakij said.

“Finally, I wish everyone happiness and to be protected by the things you place your faith in. I wish your lives to be filled with happiness, good health, wisdom and wealth all year long and ever after,” he added.

Vice Governor Sommai also offered a blessing to the people.

“I wish that all your dreams come true. I wish you good health, a loving family and that you achieve your lifelong goals,” she said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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