SRIRACHA – April 18, 2012, [PDN]; At 09.00 at the beach of Kham Yai Island, Tambon Tatewawong, Amphur Kho Si Chang, Chonburi, Mr.Damrong Petra , the Mayor of Koh Si Chang Municipality was the President of the Ceremony, carrying young ladies to the sea, he also suggested that all the tourist’s and the villagers should splash water politely like the old tradition that Koh Si Chang villagers have continued for over a hundred years.
On the stage there were shows from villagers both from Koh Si Chang and Koh Kham Yai , it entertained all the tourists a lot. On April 18, of every year, in Songkran festival, Koh Sri Chang villagers always hold their Wan Lai traditions, water splashing, carrying young ladies to the sea, Each year there have been many Thai people and foreigners attending, to participate in the carrying young ladies to the sea tradition, and moreover there are many Thai folk games, like climbing oil painted poles, boat racing, then they carry young ladies and some oldies to the sea, then wish for happiness and well being in the Thai new year tradition.
The carrying young ladies to the sea tradition, began in King Chulalongkorn era, Koh Sri Chang villagers were fishermen and had to go fishing in the sea all the time, so the SongKran festival were their only holidays, they rested and stayed with their families. All the villagers who worked in other places would come home and see their families, to come to an understanding or to apologize for what they had done wrong.
In the present time, it is still held on April 18 of every year, all the men on the island would pick girls who they like and ask for their permission to carry them to the sea, when they reached the sea, they would bless each other. Moreover the old people would be carried to the sea too that was great occasion that the olds having fun with their children or grand children. And they would bless their children. There were many foreigners coming to stay at Koh Si Chang and attend carrying young ladies to the sea at Koh Kham Yai and having fun and they usually take pictures to show their friends at their hometown, because it is quite a strange tradition which has been going on for over a hundred years, that Koh Si Chang villagers would keep, because it could impress the foreigners.