It’s Spring, Let’s eat Thai

It’s Spring, Let’s eat Thai

Celebrate ‘Songkran’ Thai New Year with Thai Restaurant Week
11-17 April 2021 across D.C., Virginia, Maryland


MORE LIKES, MORE CHANCES!  Share Thai food experience in Instagram to WIN AIR TICKET to Thailand and many more prizes!

  • Dine-in or order food from participating Thai restaurants, see list at thaiembdc.org/thainewyear2021
  • Follow @eatthaidmv in Instagram
  • Create photo or video clip
  • Check-in or tag at the participating Thai restaurant
  • Write a caption about your Thai food experience
  • Tag @eatthaidmv 
    #THAIfoodTHAInewyear2021
    #ItsSpringLetsEatTHAI

WINNERS
of “It’s Spring, Let’s Eat Thai” Instagram Event
(statistics as of Apr 18, 2021)

 

1. Most engagement

Qatar Airways IAD-BKK or IAD-HKT ticket and
3-night pool villa at Anantara Mai Khao, Phuket
@arlington.dining (12 posts, 5 restaurants, 2100+ likes)
Etihad Airways IAD-BKK tickets for two @icedevilyummies (7 posts, 5 restaurants, 1800+ likes)
$500 agodaCash (redeemable on agoda.com) @findingeating (6 posts, 3 restaurants, 500+ likes post)
Cooking class from Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant (online or in-person) @cooking.cassie (6 posts, 3 restaurants, 350+ likes)

* venue/date/time to pick up the prizes will be discussed via DM

2. Most viewed video/reel

Korean Air IAD-BKK ticket @vsmermaid (9000+ views)
$500 agodaCash (redeemable on agoda.com) @foodcommalia (600+ views)
Large Thai products basket @waimzshelley (500+ views)
Thai-boxing shorts @peterkim8x (220+ views)

* venue/date/time to pick up the prizes will be discussed via DM

3. Most liked post

$500 agodaCash (redeemable on agoda.com) @vittlemonster (650+ likes)
$500 agodaCash (redeemable on agoda.com) @fooodmuncher (450+ likes)
Large Thai products basket @charmcityfoodadventures (300+ likes)
Thai-boxing shorts @natbco (250+ likes post)

* venue/date/time to pick up the prizes will be discussed via DM

4. Raffle picks

* The Prizes are ready to pick up at the restaurants from May 6, 2021 (till the end of May)

$500 agodaCash (redeemable on agoda.com) @miss_toongting
Large Thai products basket @liutang
Thai-boxing shorts @samath2
Thai-boxing shorts @jcarmack88
Large Thai products basket @ann.kennedy.355
Large Thai products basket @annobananos
Thai tote and “Khon” sleep mask @leena_kate
Thai tote and “Khon” sleep mask @h_tm_d

 

MORE PRIZES!!

Special RAFFLES— Much thanks for supporting local Thai restaurants in DMV!
* The Prizes are ready to pick up at the restaurants from May 6, 2021 (till the end of May)

Thai goodies basket @erin_grams @chintanavann @lizzieslist
Thai-boxing shorts @life_is_wanderfood @raypoo 121 @peter22204
Thai-food apron + cookbook @adorkandherfork @patikinz @foodiestuffdiary
Thailand shopping bag @whatscookingsahar  @naturalstarr23  @thedistrictcravings  @iammanilagirl15 @goodeatsinternational_  @wdaviesphotography @maliphonpadith @geenarhim @asiaminute @capitalcraig @kar_eats @aldej_06 @dmvfoodiecrew @at3it @epicdoe
@anahuynh
@pkbrazil
@bess_duss
@maytineeb    @tracythewriter
@kstreetkate

Than

** we reserve the rights to alter any detail of above giveaway prizes without prior notice. Any duplication of names would be modified as we see appropriate.

Lists of participating restaurants in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Featuring special lunch and Dinner menu at Participating Thai Restaurants in DC metro area, click restaurant’s name to visit website.  

Washington, D.C.

1. Bangkok Joe’s, K St NW
2. Sala Thai, Minnesota Ave Metro 
3. Sala Thai, Rhode Island Row 
4. Maithai of Georgetown, Prospect St NW
5. Asia Nine Bar and Lounge, E St. NW
6. Thaiphoon, Dupont 
7. Haad Thai, New York Ave NW
8. IMM on H, H St NE
9. Ammathar Thai Restaurant, 14 St. NW
10. Rice Restaurant, 14th St NW
11. DC Noodles, U St NW
12. Pantry Thai Bistro & Sushi, Georgia Ave NW
13. Baan Siam, I (eye St.) NW
14. Som Tam DC, 5th St NE (Union Market) 

Maryland

1. M Thai Kitchen, Edgewater
2. Sala Thai, Bethesda, Bethesda
3. Silk Thai Restaurant, Hagerstown
4. Tara Thai, Rockville
5. Tara Thai, Gaithersburg
6. Sisters Thai, Potomac
7. Asia Nine, Gaithersburg
8. Lamoon Thai Restaurant, Silver Spring
9. The Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Rockville 
10. The Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Olney
11. Bangkok Garden, Bethesda
12. Bangkok Garden, Rockville
13. Kin Da, Takoma
14. Sumittra, Frederick
15. Thai Meric Eatery and Bar, Frederick
16. Thai Street, Baltimore
17. Mayuree Thai Tavern, Baltimore
18. Farmsook Thai Kitchen, Rockville
19. Thai at Laurel, Laurel
20. Thai at Waugh Chapel, Waugh Chapel
21. Thai at Silver Spring, Silver Spring 
22. Thai Palace, Waldorf

Virginia

1. Thai Select, Arlington
2. Thai Ghang Waan, Springfield
3. Courtside Thai Cuisine, Fairfax 
4. T.H.A.I. in Shirlington, Arlington
5. Thai Flavor Food & Noodle, Glen Allen
6. Thai Curry Restaurant, Arlington
7. Neisha Thai Cuisine, Vienna
8. Monsoon Siam, Charlottesville
9. Silk Thai Restaurant, Charlottesville
10. Mali Thai Cuisine, Ashburn
11. Crystal Thai Restaurant, Arlington
12. Sisters Thai, Alexandria 
13. Sisters Thai, Fairfax
14. Sense of Thai St., Ashburn
15. Kaosarn Thai Restaurant, Falls Church
16. Thai Treasure, Vienna
17. Supreme Thai Bistro, Chantilly
18. Tara Thai, Fall Church
19. Mum Mum Restaurant, Manassas 
20. Sisters Thai, Mosaic
21. MyHome Thai, Reston
22. Chao Phra Ya, Herndon
23. Bangkok 54, Arlington
24. Sawatdee, Arlington
25. Thai Square, Arlington
26. Shrimp Lover, Sterling
27. Tiki Thai, Reston
28. Pasara Thai, Old Town Alexandria
29. Pasara Thai, Kingstowne, Alexandria
30. Kindi Thai Chicken Rice, Chantilly
31. Thai Signature, Alexandria
32. Esaan, McLean
33. At Thai Restaurant, Harrisonburg
34. Buuz Thai Eatery, Arlington
35. Dok Khao Thai Eatery, Woodbridge
36. Nunu’s Thai Dishes, Herndon
37. Rice and Spice Thai cuisine, Alexandria
38. The Patio Thai, Richmond
39. Sam Phao Thai Cuisine, Alexandria
40. Tara Thai Herndon By Nan, Herndon

* For any restaurants in DMV that would like to participate in this campaign click hereTo download printing click here

What is Songkran? 

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival since the former time. The word “Songkran” itself means to move or step forward. The Songkran Festival falls on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of April every year.

Maha Songkran” or the 13th of April marks the end of the past year according to the Brahmin solar system. It is also called the Day of the Elderly by the Thai government in appreciation for the senior population for their years of contribution to their families and the country.

“Wan Nao” or the 14th of April, the day after, is designed to be the Family Day to celebrate love and togetherness of the family.

“Wan Thaloeng Sok” or the 15th of April is when the actual New Year begins.

Songkran portrays a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, and thankfulness, while water is regarded as a means of compassion. Songkran Festival is usually declared as an extended public-holiday period to enable Thais to return to their hometowns for family reunion and merit-making.

 

The important of Songkran Festival

Songkran is regarded as one of the most important traditions in Thailand because it encompasses the three major values in the Thai ways of life, which are:


photo courtesy: National News Bureau of Thailand (featured: Phitsanulok province)

Value of family: Songkran is the time when family members get together to display appreciation, love and respect.

Value of society: Through active participation and interaction with one another, Songkran brings together the people within and across the communities to enhance goodwill and unity in the society.

Value of religion: Making merit by offering food, drinks and consumer products to monks and attending Buddhist sermons at Buddhist temples is the most popular and auspicious activity performed during Songkran.

How to celebrate Songkran

To celebrate Songkran, there are many activities throughout Thailand which vary  according to regional traditions. Some of the activities include:

Cleaning houses and public places like temples, schools, and offices to welcome the New Year with cleanliness and fresh start.

Merit making by offering alms to Buddhist monks in dedication to the late ancestors and attending to Buddhist preaching at the temples.

Sprinkling water onto Buddha statues is an auspicious act to receive blessings for the New Year.

Pouring water onto the palms of elderly members of the family to show respect and gratefulness, alongside asking for their blessings.

Throwing water at each other in a friendly manner by using clean or scented water, and exchanging New Year’s greetings during traditional festivities.

THAILAND SONGKRAN | EPIC WATER FIGHT by Cameron Phillips
For more video visit Youtube.com/ThailandInsider/

 

The event is organized by Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., Office of Commercial Affairs, Office of Agricultural Affairs and Tourism Authority of Thailand, New York


Story of Thai Noodles

Tips from the Kitchen

Kaeng Pled Ped Yang (Roasted Duck in Red Curry)

Gang Kiew Wan Gai (Green Curry with Chicken)

Kuaytiaw Reua (Thai Boat Noodle Soup)

Ripe sweet mango with sticky rice, Traditional Thai dessert