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Songkran Festival to be held on Sunday

The annual Songkran Festival, better known as the Water-Splashing Holiday, will be held at Taoyuan County Stadium on Sunday. Thousands of migrant workers from all over Taiwan are expected to take part in the event celebrating the beginning of the Thai New Year. It is also a day observed by many Southeast Asian cultures.

The Thailand Trade and Economic Office said that as the county has the largest population of Thai workers in Taiwan, the office had worked with the county government to host the festival. Everybody is invited to attend and sample Thai culture.

Aside from the traditional water-splashing, the event will also feature live music and dances performed by troupes from Thailand.

Documentary on Catholic nun premieres

A documentary of the life of Marjorie Ingeleiv Bly will premiere tomorrow in Penghu to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and show her lifelong dedication to helping lepers in Taiwan. The American Catholic nun came to Taiwan in the 1950s during the peak of leprosy in the country. As a young woman, Bly chose to settle in Penghu, which at the time lacked medical care. The film, shot by Good TV, took one year to make and chronicles Bly’s life both growing up in the US and her work in Taiwan.

Tomorrow’s event is co-sponsored by the Penghu County Government, the Taiwan Lutheran Church and the United Association of Christian Groups in Penghu. For tickets, contact secretary-­general of the association Lin Pei-chun (林姵君) at (06) 972-0414.


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