Namaste Thailand Festival exhibits the strong tie between Thailand and India
International destinations for a vacation are gradually becoming the norm. Thailand is one such locale which has gained an immense popularity among the Indian tourists. Although visiting an exotic spot like Thailand can never be substituted by a fair based on Thailand, it definitely gave a short glimpse of the highly magnificent country. The Namaste Thailand Festival 2017 neither had an extraordinarily huge number of visitors nor it was an enormous exhibition but a visit to the event left a cheerful impact.
The festival was organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of India. The fair from 3rd to 5th March was held at The Bridge, the Ambience Mall and DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. There were a few shops selling Thai products such as Thai silk shawls, purses, carry bags, decorative items, Thai hand fans, colorful umbrellas, wooden items, gold and silver plated ornaments and many more quality products.The products were of various price ranges. Though the local Thai people hold the stalls, the products were imported from Thailand.
Interestingly, there were lockets of Hindu Gods and Goddesses available, which prompted me to enquire the stall owners about the making of the products. They informed that such products were made for the Indian market.The best part of the exhibition was a session of cultural performance, quiz show on Thailand and preparation of Thai cuisine; which instantly connected the visitors present at the festival. The Thai handicraft workshop attracted people to get paintings done on umbrellas and also on the back of their hands. The artists were too perfect in their skill and they drew pretty & colorful designs that were truly impressive.At one corner there were Thai ladies offering traditional Thai shoulder massage. Some visitors happily opted for it and felt relaxed. The festival also offered Nang Yai shadow puppet making demonstration.The quiz show on Thailand was held thrice on each day of the festival and was open to one and all present. Those who answered correctly got rewarded. Though the quiz session was interesting, the organizers shouldn’t have placed the dais facing the sun. The screen fixed on the stage dazzled during the afternoon session which made it difficult for the participants to go through the questions properly.
The Thai food lovers got a great opportunity to learn Thai cuisine from a live show. Chef Veena Arora, an expert in Thai food and also associated with The Spice Route and The Imperial, gave a Thai cooking demonstration. She shared some great inputs which are the very basics for the cuisine. In Thai food, palm sugar is mainly used in place of normal sugar which adds to the flavor and aroma.
Thai food lovers rejoiced at the Radison Blu outlets which offered authentic Thai delicacies. Generally speaking, though many desire to visit various places in the world, a very little percentage of them get to fulfill it. The festival offered visitors to get clicked at the virtual Thailand photo corners to give them a feel of the serene Republic of Thailand, at least for a few moments.
Festivals or fairs somehow slip into chaos but Namaste Thailand Festival 2017 was free of any disarray, where every visitor enjoyed the spirit of Thai. The Namaste Thailand Festival 2017 which was impressively held by the Royal Thai Embassy, had a dedicated space related to the diplomatic tie between Thailand and India. It highlighted all the features of the peaceful relationship between the two countries that commemorates 70th anniversary. Such celebrations which enhance the strong bonding are always welcome.