10th World Wai Kru Ceremony showcases sacred rituals of Thai boxing

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand are preparing to stage the 10th Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony to showcase some of the sacred rituals of Thai boxing – a martial art that has kicked itself into the world’s spotlight over the years and gained fans the world over.

This year, the event will take place on Monday, 17 March, at Wat Mahathat in the Ayutthaya Historical Park in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, about an hour’s drive north of Bangkok.

The objective of this event is to help people to understand the meaning of the Wai Kru ceremony which is an important element of Thai boxing. The Wai Kru ceremony is a sacred ritual in which fighters show their respect to the Muay Thai masters.

Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of TAT said, “As the home country of Muay Thai, it is our responsibility to protect and promote Thai boxing. Muay Thai is now popular all over the world with competitions held in many countries, but we want to ensure that all the traditions of this art are respected.”