Roads to Close Tuesday Evening For Navatri Hindu Festival

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BANGKOK — Traffic around Silom area will be closed Tuesday evening to make way for a parade marking Bangkok’s biggest Hindu festival.

Four roads will be closed-off as the famous annual parade celebrating Hindu festival ‘Navaratri’ will leave Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, known in Thai as ‘Wat Khaek’ 7.30pm Tuesday.

Starting 6pm, Silom and Naradhiwas Road will be blocked. Surasak and part of Sathon Nuea Road will be closed starting 8pm. Traffic will resume 3am Wednesday.

The parade is organized every year to celebrate the end of a nine-night festival dedicated to worship Hindu deity Durga.

The march is annually attended by thousands of devotees including Thai Buddhists, some of whom also worship Hindu gods. Worship stalls and performances by spirit-possessed dancers will  feature along the roadside, where people are set to be waiting for blessings from Brahman priests.

Organizers of the colorful festival recommend attendees to travel  by BTS Skytrain and get off at Surasak or Chong Nonsi station.

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