On April 4th, 2009 a few volunteers from In Search of Sanuk joined with the Time Bank Society to bring the Song Kran festival to the elderly women at Baan Bangkae 2 on the outskirts of Bangkok. Take a look:
Song Kran is time where people return home to their families and spend some time paying respects to their elders.
What is now a giant water fight in certain parts of Thailand, had humble beginnings with ceremonies where water is gently poured or sprinkled while giving a blessing.
There was singing and Thai dancing by the elderly. We also toured the facility giving out back-scratchers and flowers to everyone, including those who were unable to get out of bed.
This small gathering not only combined Thai and foreign initiatives in Bangkok, but included some guests from all over. In the above picture you may notice Mark Wiens (far right) and Ali Pepler (far left).
So how do you top the feeling of helping people without families enjoy their holiday? Well, you can’t really. But we did stop for some evening aerobics in Lumpini Park. You may be surprised at how it went: