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Phuket Vice Governor marries ‘again’ at Baba Wedding Festival

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Phuket Vice Governor marries ‘again’ at Baba Wedding Festival
Suthicha Sirirat

Phuket Vice Governor Khajornkiet and his wife Pitima Rakpanichmanee married again on Sunday, but this time in their first Baba wedding ceremony. Photo: Suthicha Sirirat

PHUKET: -- Five couples were married in true Peranakan “Baba” style on Sunday (June 19) at the 8th annual Baba Wedding Festival, with Phuket Vice Governor Khajornkiet and his wife Pitima Rakpanichmanee, already married but undertaking the Baba ceremony for the first time.

The festival, this year held under the theme “Under Andaman Sky”, started at the Hongyok Mansion on Thalang Rd in Phuket Town at 3pm, where the six couples – including two from Thailand and three from Taiwan – received blessings from Ms Boonsri, Mr Narong and Ms Yaowaluck of the Hongyok clan.

At the mansion, the couples took part in traditional Baba wedding activities, such as making offerings to Chinese gods, paying respect to their parents and ancestors, and a flower ceremony witnessed by family and friends of the couples as well as media from Taiwan and members of Peranakan associations from Phang Nga and Ranong.

The highlight of the wedding was the street parade down Thalang Rd, which drew large crowds of both Thais and foreigners to Phuket Town.

The parade departed the Hongyok mansion at 4pm, continued along Thalang Rd and arrived at the Phuket Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Rd, where the couples entered the another ceremony – the marriage registration.

Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-vice-governor-marries-again-at-baba-wedding-festival-57960.php

-- Phuket News 2016-06-22

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