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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Happy Songkran!

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at 5:10 pm.


Three Summer Work Travel participants from Thailand, pictured from left, Nattaporn Khonghana, Wannida Thongsripleng and Montatip Putawed, are spending their cultural exchange with jobs with the Davidson Hospitality Group at the DoubleTree by Hilton Park Vista in Gatlinburg, Tenn., this spring. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, they shared information about the Thai new year holiday, Songkran, which took place April 13-15.

“Our families celebrate Songkran annually by gathering together with our relatives and then going to the temple to pray and make merit together. We then go to a special dinner and typically have “Mu Kratha” (Thai BBQ). April’s weather is very hot in Thailand so we follow dinner with a special activity…a water fight! We use buckets and water guns to spray/wet each other. This is a great tradition for everyone in our family. Our families come together at this time very much like the Christmas holiday in the USA.”

Click here to learn more about the Summer Work Travel program.

Would be awesome for Instagram and Facebook, too!!

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About Nicole Elkon

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

Nicole Elkon

Nicole Elkon joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange in September 2021. Until June 2021, Ms. Elkon was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy organization focused on human rights and the rule of law. Prior to her position as COO, Ms. Elkon was a Senior Advisor at Results for America (RFA), a non-profit organization focused on advancing data-driven, evidence based public policy at all levels of government. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of ECA and was Director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships at ECA working to leverage strategic partnerships to enhance Administration foreign policy priorities.

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