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Multimedia spectacular in honour of the Chakri Dynasty

Posted by arnon_k On November - 18 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

A multimedia extravaganza will be put on show from December 17 to February 28 in honour of the Chakri Dynasty and the Royal Family.
Tickets to the show, staged on the Grand Palace’s lawn which can accommodate 2,000 people, will go for Bt500 each. The 90-minute performance will run from 7pm to 8.30pm every day, except most Mondays and between December 27 and January 3.

The show will chronicle key historic events in each chapter of the Rattanakosin Era to reflect how the Chakri kings have contributed to the strength and unity of the Kingdom.

It will also glorify the much-revered present monarch.

Lord Chamberlain Khwankaeo Vajarodaya said

yesterday the event was being staged to mark His Majesty’s 84th birthday next year, Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th birthday in 2012 and HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 60th birthday in 2012.

Distorn Vajarodaya, an adviser to the Royal Household Bureau, said the performance would serve to remind all Thais about the Royal Family’s dedication to the country.

“His Majesty has worked very hard for the happiness of his people,” he said, adding that the Royal Household Bureau had spent more than Bt40 million on developing the show.

Tickets can be bought at the Royal Household Bureau outlet at the Emerald Buddha Temple from December 6. Proceeds from the extravaganza will be presented to His Majesty.

Loi Krathong ( BANGKOK)

Posted by arnon_k On November - 17 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

November 21, 2010
(12.00 – 12.00)

Loy Krathong is a festival which occurs on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, a date which usually falls in November.
Loy means to float and a Krathong is a small, hand-made “boat” or “raft” traditionally made from the leaves or bark of a banana tree and decorated with origami-esque banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense sticks. In modern days, Krathongs are often made of specially baked bread, so the Krathongs are biodegradable, although many use styrofoam.
Many Thais believe that celebrating Loy Krathong by offering a krathong to the Water Goddess, Phra Mae Khongkha, will bring them good luck, particularly for couples, who will go to launch Krathongs together: a particularly auspicious event if the couple crafts their own krathong, although it is more common in modern days to simply buy krathongs from vendors near the water.
During the night of the full moon, many people will light their candles and incense and celebrate Loy Krathong by releasing their floating offering on a river or other body of water. Governmental offices, corporations, and other large groups will collaborate on larger, more elaborate rafts, which are often judged in contests. Loy Krathong celebrations also typically feature fireworks displays and beauty contests.

These beauty contests are known as Noppamas Queen Contests, named after Noppamas, a consort of the King of Sukothai in the 14th century, who is thought to be the first to float decorated krathongs.
Consequently, the tradition of Loy Kratong is believed to have begun in Sukhothai, although it is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya the most popular.
In Chiang Mai the Loy Krathong holiday is called Yi Peng. In addition to the krathongs floated in the waters around Chiang Mai, thousands of Lanna-style sky lanterns (khom fai) are released into the sky, part of the lantern oriented Lanna belief in their symbolically auspicious flames.

Chrysanthemum Blooming in the Sea of Mist 

Posted by arnon_k On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

January 22, 2010 – January 24, 2010,Nakhon Ratchasima

Enjoy various activities; such as, beautiful chrysanthemum garden contests, Miss Chrysanthemum beauty contest, dancing contest, Thai folk songs, aerobics, jet skiing, windsurfing, futsall, sales of organic winter vegetables and plants as well as orchids, OTOP products, and various forms of entertainment.

November 1, 2010 – December 13, 2010
(12.00 – 12.00)
Enjoy watching Blooming Mexican sunflowers that cover all over Doi Hua Mae Kham. Observe cultural performances and folk games of 7 hill tribes inhabiting in the area.

The hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son, one of Thailand’s most naturally scenic areas, turn to gold when the Dok Bua Tong Giant Wild Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia) comes into full bloom during this period.

When the flowers fade, the seeds are collected and made into insecticides.

Doi Mae U-kor mountain peak in Khun Yuam district of Mae Hong Son is considered to be the an excellent location to enjoy the splendour of the sunflowers in full bloom.