‘Tis The Season……In Bangkok!
We gawked from the sky-walk on Ploenchit Road, at the dazzling displays of holiday lights stretching from beyond Ratchaprasong junction, all the way to Siam square. Complete with giant Christmas trees, reindeer, snowflakes et al!!
Aimed primarily at visitors (read ‘shopping tourists’), but enjoyed equally by local residents, the last two months of each year are witness to a string of street extravaganzas, sound and light shows and live performances. Apparently culminating in a giant New Year’s eve countdown party to match the best in the world.
All this in a city that is predominantly Buddhist, a religion that preaches the shunning of desire.
And right beside this explosion of festive cheer, is the little Erawan shrine (read its interesting history here) dedicated to Brahma – the four headed God of the Hindu Trinity – where parallel celebrations seem to be taking place on an equal scale and whose footfall seems to match those of the zillion malls around.
Exciting, confounding, and yes a bit over the top.
But I finally get why the children have been returning to Bangkok during this season, for the past six years………..almost.
To all of you, happy holidays and a great Sunday!