Thai and Lao New Years celebration coming to Layton Buddhist Temple

Saturday , April 14, 2018 - 5:00 AM

LAYTON — Honor the Thai and Lao New Years at the Layton Wat Dhammagunaram of Utah Buddhist Temple next Saturday. 

A community Songkran celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, according to promotional materials. Songkran is a Thai word for festival and change.

The festivities will revolve around honoring the elders, especially those who have died in the last year, said Arunee Schwab, a member of the temple’s board of trustees.

“It’s a good opportunity to teach the young kids how to respect the elders,” she said.

The event is an opportunity for those who attend to see dignitaries from Thailand, including the queen’s brother this year, Schwab said.

Also appealing, she said, are kickboxing demonstrations and many kinds of dancing.

“All the people can learn how to do dancing to represent our culture,” Schwab said.

Listed on advertising materials for the event are a Thai foods fair, a beauty pageant, classical piano shows, live music and cultural shows.

Admission into the event is free. The temple is located at 644 East Gordon Avenue in Layton.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at [email protected] or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at

Sign up for e-mail news updates.