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Celebration at the Sikh temple

Children have their day in Chiang Mai


Celebration at the Sikh temple

Visiting 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.

U.S. Consul General joins members
of the local Sikh community to celebrate at the temple.


Children have their day in Chiang Mai

While it 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.

The Zoo Aquarium opened their doors to kids on Children’s Day, offering many kids their first glimpse of the underwater world. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

This little guy busts a move at the Chiang Mai Zoo’s Children’s day events.
(Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

The Municipality offered shows, dancing, prizes, games and awards for their Children’s Day. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

Kids 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)

Kids get 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 Nopniwat Krailerg)