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Midnight alms-giving ceremony at Wat Uppakhut

San Sai receives donation from Thailandfreunde for art and culture school

Live and Let Live gala dinner raises funds on World AIDS Day

Kittens looking for a home

Midnight alms-giving ceremony at Wat Uppakhut

Jedsadapong Wongkiew
The Buddhist midnight merit-making ceremony, Tak Bat Wan Peng Put, took place at Wat Uppakhut Tuesday, November 2. Chiang Mai Buddhists attended the blessing ceremony at Wat Uppakhut and then offered alms to the monks who walked from Wat Uppakhut to Tha Pae gate.

Monks are offered food and goods by Buddhist residents of Chiang Mai in the midnight ceremony.

The ceremony stems from the legend of Phra Uppakhut, an enlightened and powerful monk and follower of the Lord Buddha. The tale is that he emerged from the sea and transformed into a Buddhist novice on a Tuesday night. The novice then walked among the people and asked for alms. It is believed that whoever made merit by giving alms to him would receive happiness, good luck and prosperity.
This Lanna religious tradition is held at midnight on every Tuesday night that falls on a full moon throughout the year.

 

San Sai receives donation from Thailandfreunde for art and culture school

Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, the vice-president of Thailandfreunde,
5th from right, hands the donation to Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiengmai,
the president of Chiang Mai Culture Council, 4th from right.

Supoj Thiamyoj
20,000 baht was donated by Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon and Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, the president and vice-president of Thailandfreunde, the human rights organization, and Dieter Topp, the President of Kultur Forum Europa towards the construction of an Art and Culture School for students in San Sai district. Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiengmai, the president of Chiang Mai Culture Council, and Chao Pakinai received the donation from them on November 2 at the Kao Mao Kao Fang Restaurant.


Live and Let Live gala dinner raises funds on World AIDS Day

(Left to right) Lasso Norgaaro, Managing Director of La Luna Gallery,
Shannon Morrow, wife of the U.S. Consul General in Chiang Mai,
and Michael K Morrow, U.S. Consul General in Chiang Mai.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew
A gala dinner was held on World AIDS Day, December 1 to raise funds for non-profit organizations dedicated to helping HIV/AIDS infected patients at the Riverfront Terrace, Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel.

Dr. Prakong Wittayasai, Managing Director of Support the Children Foundation, and Lasso Norgaaro, Managing Director of La Luna Gallery.

A painting created during the event by local artist Thepsiri Suksupa , gift vouchers donated by Chiang Mai hotels and a shirt signed by Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas were auctioned off to the crowd that enjoyed the dinner and jazz music. Proceeds of the auction will go to the Sangha Metta Project, which helps HIV/AIDS infected monks, Support the Children Foundation, which helps HIV/AIDS infected mothers and children, and Mplus Project, a USAID sponsored program which works primarily to promote AIDS prevention awareness among homosexuals.
Around 100 people attended the gala affair, including U.S. Consul General Michael K. Morrow and his wife Shannon, which raised 250,000 baht for the HIV/AIDS programs.

Ajarn Thepsirit Suksopa, local artist, creating the painting to be auctioned off.


Kittens looking for a home

By Gill Saviker,
Care for Dogs

Three pretty kittens are looking for a place in your heart and home. Smokey & Robinson, a smoky grey brother and sister who are absolutely adorable, extremely sociable, playful and healthy are about 8 weeks old.

Cute kittens Smokey,
Robinson and Yoda

Also Yoda, a beautiful sleek black male about 10 weeks old, home reared so very friendly and playful too. If you think one of these kittens could be the perfect match for you, please contact Gill at Care for Dogs, English 0871 89 1623 Thai 08 69 13 87 or email: [email protected] and make an appointment to meet them at my home near Wat Suan Dok. These are lucky little rescue kittens who deserve a chance for a forever home. All vaccinated dewormed and litter trained. For other kittens visit www. carefordogs.org



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