Sikh musicians and their guru perform
celebratory songs on traditional Sikh instruments.
Members of the Chiang Mai Sikh community were joined by
U.S. Consul General Susan N. Stevenson on January 11, 2011 when they
celebrated the anniversary of the birth of the 10th
Sikh human guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who was born in 1666 in Patna, India.
Embodying the ideal man, he was highly educated, skilled
in horsemanship, armed combat, chivalrous, and generous in character. He
established the 5 k’s of their order: Kesh: Hair unshorn representation of
saintliness; Kangha: a comb to keep hair clean and untangled; Kara: an iron/steel
bracelet to protect the forearm in combat; the Kacchha: a piece of practical
shorts to wear instead of the traditional wrapped sheet to create mobility
and the Kirpan: a steel sword for defense. He promoted equality among men
and women, banishing the purdah (veil) and the immolation of widows,
abolished caste, and told his believers that they were all equal under one
god, to forego superstition, smoking, drinking and drugs. He urged them to
confront tyranny and to become skilled in the weapons of war, to honor
physical prowess as much as spiritual development.
The Sikh temple is located on Charoen Rat Road next to
Wat Gate and as was noted at this event, all are welcome, of all faiths when
they meet on Saturdays from 7:30-8:30.
Consul General joins members
of the local Sikh community to celebrate at the temple.
looks a little dangerous, the rounds are not live and the children are
closely supervised by military personnel in an annual event that the kids
really love. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
By Shana Kongmun
Children’s days are celebrated in many countries around
the world, with the UN’s Universal Children’s Day celebrated on November 20
to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in
1959 by the U.N. Indonesia, for instance, celebrates Children’s Day on July
23, while Japan is May 5 and India celebrates Children’s Day on the birthday
of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14.
Thai children celebrate their day on the second Saturday
of January when children can ride buses and enter zoos for free. The
government houses are open to children and their families, the Municipality
put on special shows, and here as in other areas, the Air Force welcomes the
children in to explore the aircraft and other aspects of the base and the
fighter pilots perform stunts in their aircraft over the city.
Shopping centers and parks, the Zoo and the Aquarium, all
set up special events for kids, from bouncy castles to rides to tours. While
kids of all ages enjoy this day, and parents are seen around the city with
their small ones in tow for all the events and activities it is the sheer
joy and fun the little ones have on a day dedicated just to them that puts a
smile on everyone’s faces.
Aquarium opened their doors to kids on Children’s Day, offering many kids
their first glimpse of the underwater world. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
little guy busts a move at the Chiang Mai Zoo’s Children’s day events.
(Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Municipality offered shows, dancing, prizes, games and awards for their
Children’s Day. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
clamber over the aircraft at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai as kids of all ages enjoy
seeing the machines up close. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
up close and personal with a rhinoceros at the Night Safari
(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Night Safari)
Balaclava clad soldiers supervise their littlest soldier in what is sure to
be an event this little boy will remember for a very long time. (Photo by