Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Touted in Songkran Parade


Songkran is the Thai New Year and is celebrated from April 13-15 each year. Traditionally, it was to visit and pay respect to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors and monks. Now, it has a new twist all tied to water and lots of it! During parades and or just trips down a road -- you are doused with water from containers, water guns or water hoses. You can give it as good as you receive. Groups also roam in the backs of trucks tossing water at other trucks or even people on the side of the roads. Riding a bike is pure lunacy but if you have to get somewhere, just plan to get wet!

During the Songkran parade in Piman, PCV and village friends carried signs that had comments about Peace Corps 50th Anniversary. Special t-shirts designed with message about Peace Corps 50th anniversary.  At the end of the parade, the master of the ceremony read all 9 signs -- which said:

1. US Peace Corps

2. Since 1961, approximately 200,00 Peace Corps volunteers have served worldwide

3. Peace Corps loves Thailand

4. Today, approximately 120 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in Thailand

5. Peace Corps - 50 year anniversary

6. Peace Corps created in 1961

7. First Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Thailand in 1962

8. Since 1962, approximately 5000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Thailand

9. Today, Peace Corps volunteers serve in 77 countries worldwide



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