One of the best entrees into another culture isn’t watching a travel series on TV or reading an article in a magazine, but celebrating a special event with that country’s expats. Through holidays and similar important happenings, we learn what beliefs and traditions other people hold dear, and also what they like to eat and watch and hear while making merry and commemorating a notable occasion. For such a glimpse into Thailand, plan to attend the Traditional Thai New Year Festival, or Songkran Festival, held at Wat Phrasriratanaram, a Thai Buddhist temple located at 890 Lindsay Lane in Florissant. Admission to the fest is free, but be sure to bring money for traditional food and drink. Plus, expect to see a drum parade, classical dances, a beauty pageant and even Thai boxing before the revelry concludes. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check out the full schedule at www.stlthaitemple.org.
Sun., April 22, 2012