Midnight alms-giving ceremony at Wat Uppakhut
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.
are offered food and goods by Buddhist residents of Chiang Mai in the
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
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
5th from right, hands the donation to Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiengmai,
the president of Chiang Mai Culture Council, 4th from right.
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.
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
Prakong Wittayasai, Managing Director of Support the Children
Foundation, and Lasso Norgaaro, Managing Director of La Luna
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.
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.