Chiang Mai joined people throughout the nation in
celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 72nd birthday this year.
August 12, the main activities took place in the Chiang Mai University
Convention Hall, where Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, accompanied by
provincial government officials proceeded with the blessing ceremony for HM
On August 9, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his
wife Khunying Pojamarn joined in the blessing ceremony for HM the Queen
attended by the city’s high-ranking officials and residents, at the
Sufficiency Economy Learning Center, initiated by HM the King, in Mae Rim
district, Chiang Mai.
Thaksin Shinawatra (fifth left) and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra, Education
Minister Dr Adisai Bodharamik (fourth left) and his wife; Deputy Prime
Minister Korn Dabbaransi (second left) and his wife Rapeepun Dabbaransi at
the candle lighting ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Mae Rim
district, Chiang Mai.
Over 5,000 government officials and residents from 17
Northern provinces dressed in Lanna costumes took part.
At 7.15 p.m., the candle-lighting ceremony began to give
blessing to HM the Queen, with PM Thaksin leading everyone in singing the
anthem in praise of Their Majesties, the King and the Queen. Afterwards,
1,042 fireworks were lit in a breathtaking display.
of the diplomatic community present their offerings to HM The Queen, among
them (from left) Japanese Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara, Finland’s
Honorary Consul Supawat Poovakul, and Henry Jardine, US management officer.
On August 10, the Public Relations Department (PRD),
Region 3, Chiang Mai organized the “Phra Mae Kaew” of the Nation (Caring
Mother of the Nation), to honor the Queen at Central Airport Plaza. Governor
Suwat Tantipat presided over the opening ceremony and the region’s PRD
director Jintana Phantufak delivered the keynote speech. The Chiang Mai
Dramatic Arts College dancers performed northern Thai dances, and the
artworks from a painting competition were put on public display.
Mai Dramatic Arts College dancers perform northern Thai dances at Central
The PRD produced a CD consisting of six local songs in
honor of HM the Queen, performed by local singers Sunthree Wechanond and
On August 11, the Community Development Organization
Networks on the Poverty Solutions of Chiang Mai gathered at the 700 Year
Anniversary Sports Complex to attend a blessing ceremony for HM the Queen,
over which the governor of Chiang Mai again presided. About 500 people from
22 districts attended, and the most outstanding mothers were presented with
shields of honor.
Mai Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn (right), district chief officer
Chumporn Seangmanee (fourth right) and other VIP guests carry the garland to
hang it on the stage.
The residents of Chiang Mai also made a 72 metre garland
to celebrate HM the Queen’s birthday. The effort of the local people is in
keeping with the Thais liking to create something biggest and best on any
important occasion, to make it even more special. The garland was threaded
on August 11, on the eve of the Queen’s birthday, by thousands of Chiang
Mai students and elderly residents at Buddha Satarn. The Chiang Mai Cultural
Council, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization (PAO), and Chiang
Mai Municipality were the main organizers.
transfer the 72 metre garland to be hung on the main stage at Thapae Gate.
Chao Duangduen na Chiangmai, president of the Chiang Mai
Cultural Council, chaired the activity and threaded the first part of the
garland. After all the other parts were added to the garland, the final
piece was tied by the president of Chiang Mai PAO president Thawatwong na
The garland was then placed on a beautifully decorated
float, and taken in procession from the Buddha Satharn along Thapae Road to
the Thapae Gate. Other processions also set off from Wat Phra Singh, Wat
Puak Chang and Wat Chai Sri Phum, and they all joined up at the Thapae Gate,
where Governor Suwat Tantipat, Deputy Governor Thongchai Wongrianthong and
Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, Chao Duangduen na Chiangmai led the blessing ceremony
for the Queen. The garland was hung up on the stage giving off the fragrant
smell of jasmine flowers.
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presents the winning prizes at the Central
Airport Plaza to students who had entered the painting contest.
The garland has become the pride of Chiang Mai residents,
as it has been recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest
garland in the world.
At 7.19 p.m. - considered an auspicious time for Thais -
the governor led hundreds of people in song to celebrate HM the Queen’s
birthday and give her blessings.
On August 12, the main activities were held in the Chiang Mai University
Convention Hall, where Governor Suwat Tantipat, accompanied by provincial
government officials proceeded with the blessing ceremony for HM the Queen.
of well-wishers from different authorities and institutions assembled at CMU
Convention Hall to present their offerings.