On the 6th anniversary of the terrible tsunami which hit Phuket and other Andaman provinces and Asian countries on Sunday 26 December 2004, I went to witness and join in two memorials held in Phuket on Sunday 26 December 2010.
These are photos from the Japanese Association’s Tsunami memorial ceremony in the morning at Japanese Monument, in shaded garden of Sunwing Resort, on Kamala Beach, attended by Japanese Ambassador, President of Japanese Association in Thailand. President of the Phuket Japanese Association, Secretary-General of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, with prayers by traditional Buddhist priests from Japan and somber laying of wreaths & flowers by Japanese and Thai local officials, residents, and tourists.
Also here are photos from ‘Light up Phuket’ memorial in the afternoon and dusk at Loma (Dolphin) Park, in Patong, with an exhibition of Tsunami artwork, drawings and paintings in competitions for Thais of all ages with presentations of prizes by Phuket Vice Governor, CEO of Phuket Provincial Administration & President of Phuket Tourism Association. Plus Traditional Thai musical performance & dances on stage; Main speech by Permanent Secretary from Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Tsunami memorial poem recitals by students of Ban Talad Nuea School; Mass prayers led by Christian Pastor; final laying of wreaths on beach and lightings of candles on decorative patterns in sand; and letting go of lighted lanterns into the sky, to release holy spirits, just before the heavens opened with weeping drops of rain.