MINNEAPOLIS — Sawatdee is hosting its annual Thai New Year ("Song Kran") Celebration with Thai dancing, a water blessing and a special menu.

The family-friendly event, a salute to the famous Water Festival in Thailand, takes place over two nights, on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17. There is no admission.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Heartland on Tuesday, and Angel Foundation on Wednesday.

The festivities take place at Sawatdee in downtown Minneapolis, at 607 Washington Avenue.

Sawatdee began in 1983 as the first Thai restaurant in the five-state area. Founder Supenn Harrison was born in Thailand near Bangkok, grew up in a big extended family and earned a degree in teaching. After college, she came to the U.S. and got married, starting a family and a thriving business.