Thai New Year celebrated in St. Louis Park (photos)

Bloomington resident Santi Suwansiri, a temple volunteer, strikes a meditative pose during the Songkran festival, commemorating Thai New Year, April 9 at Wat Thai of Minnesota, a Buddhist temple that is moving into the former Lutheran Church of the Reformation building in St. Louis Park. Songkran officially runs April 13-15. (Sun Sailor photo by Seth Rowe) Lalitawadee Sawansuk, 12, is crowned this year's Ms. Songkran during the Songkran festival, commemorating Thai New Year, April 9 at Wat Thai of Minnesota. The Buddhist temple is moving into the former Lutheran Church of the Reformation in St. Louis Park. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Seth Rowe) Monks at Wat Thai of Minnesota engage in a Buddhist ceremony April 9 in St. Louis Park. The temple is moving into the former Lutheran Church of the Reformation. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Seth Rowe) Monks at Wat Thai of Minnesota engage in a Buddhist ceremony April 9 in St. Louis Park. The temple is moving into the former Lutheran Church of the Reformation. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Seth Rowe) Decorations adorn the exterior of Wat Thai of Minnesota, in the former home of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, April 9 in St. Louis Park. The temple opened to the community for a Songkran festival commemorating Thai New Year. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Seth Rowe) A statue of the Buddha rests outside Wat Thai of Minnesota, in the former home of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, April 9 in St. Louis Park. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Seth Rowe)
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Bloomington resident Santi Suwansiri, a temple volunteer, strikes a meditative pose during the Songkran festival, commemorating Thai New Year, April 9 at Wat Thai of Minnesota, a Buddhist temple that is moving into the former Lutheran Church of the Reformation building in St. Louis Park. Songkran officially runs April 13-15. (Sun Sailor photo by Seth Rowe)