Monks to bless Thai takeaway in Elland at special ceremony

Staff at SukanThai Food, Elland
Staff at SukanThai Food, Elland

There will be chance to experience a taste of far eastern culture at the heart of Elland, when the town’s Thai takeaway café receives a Buddhist blessing.

SukanthaiFood on Southgate will be given the blessing by Buddhist monks from the Watbuddharam Temple in Leeds, on Sunday, January 27.

SukanThai Food, Elland

SukanThai Food, Elland

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The ceremony will celebrate the success of the venue and promises to bring happiness and prosperity for the future.

It will begin at 10.15am and the monks will be dressed in their traditional robes.

They will start the ceremony with prayers and ancient Thai chants, before blessing the premises and guests with holy water.

People from Thai communities across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford will be attending the event. All are welcome to go along, whatever their beliefs, and enjoy a taste of traditional Thai culture with owner Kiyara A-Roonchai and her team.

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The takeaway and cafe opened in the centre of Elland last summer creating six new jobs.

Like its sister venue, SukanThai in Cleckheaton, it is named in honour of Kiyara’s late grandmother, Sukantha, who lived in Thailand and is her inspiration.

Kiyara said: “I came to England with my mother as a child from Thailand, which is a Buddhist country. I do practise Buddhism which is really more of a philosophy of life than a religion, where you don’t kill, lie or cheat and you strive to develop qualities of spiritual awareness, kindness and wisdom.

“When we start a new business, like a shop, or even get a new house or car, we like to receive a blessing which we believe will bring us good fortune and keep us safe. This little ceremony in Elland is a chance to share a flavour of Thai culture with friends and customers and thank them for their support so far in getting SukanThai Food off to a brilliant start.”

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