Take a look at some beautiful Thai fruit carving that we displayed during the Songkran festival a couple of weeks ago. The Songkran festival celebrates traditional Thai new year. A group of us who carve each brought some fruit carvings to display at the Songkran festival. Here they are:
Thai Fruit Carving and Vegetable Carving
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Songkran is also known as the water festival. People gently pour water on each other’s hands and shoulders as a blessing for the new year. Kids like to do lots of playful splashing with water and squirt guns. In some cities in Thailand the celebration continues for days.
Here in California, it provides a great opportunity to enjoy some of the traditional Thai culture. The Thai people are reknown for their beautiful and intricate fruit carving so it’s a great time to showcase the art of Thai fruit carving. My Thai teachers Tammy and Tym have been wonderful with sharing and teaching their style of Thai fruit carving to me.
When you see Tammy and Tym’s carved roses in the photos you may wonder what they are carved from. The roses are carved from daikon which is also known as Asian radish. If you have never seen a daikon, they are white and cylindrical shaped. There are however different varieties of daikon including the large bulb like shaped Korean diakon. And, in case you are wondering, the pink color of these roses is from food coloring dye.
Besides showing off the lovely Thai fruit carving, this Songkran festival also included lots of traditional Thai foods and Thai music and dancing performances. I’ll post some of those photos and video in tomorrow’s post.