February 25, 2016
Thai Song Dam Festival (ประเพณีไทยทรงดำ)
When: Annually on the 18th April
Where: Song Dam Village, Khao Yoi Amphoe, Phetchaburi Central Thailand
Khao Yoi is in the North of Phetchaburi, and is always the first stop for tourists who are visiting the province, as it is under 2 hours from the center of Bangkok. The popular attractions are the Khao Yoi Cave, the teakwood ordination hall at Wat Kuti, plus Thai Song Dam community center.
Thai Song dam people in Khao Yoi, (also called Lao Song), stage this annual event to show case their ancient history. Their ancestors migrated from the north of Vietnam and Laos centuries ago yet they have still managed to keep their traditions alive. The (now) Thai Song Dam people are proud their unique culture, including their own architectural style and their own dialect and written language.
Their traditional dress is still worn with pride today, which is almost all black, which ties in with their name as “Song” means “wear” and “Dam” means “black.”
The festival is awash with colour, as the villagers wear their traditional costumes through-out the day. There is a Buddhist merit-making ceremony and an abundance of more playful celebrations including folk plays and dancing (see more on YouTube).
If you are lucky to be at the event do pop into the Tai Song Dam Cultural Centre were you can learn about the ethnic peoples traditional lifestyle through its many exhibits including; model houses, clothes, and traditional characters.
The Tai Song Dam are famous for their intricate weaving and basketry skills and demonstrations of these talents are also on show…. while there why not treat your taste buds to authentic, Thai Song Dam village cuisine.
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