Chiang Mai wishes HM the King a very Happy 85th Birthday
Tanin Subhasaen offers the ceremonial sword to the portrait of HM the King
at the merit making ceremony held at the CMU Convention Center on December
By Shana Kongmun
All around Chiang Mai celebrations took place in honor of HM King Bhumibol
Adulyadej’s 85th birthday on December 5, with the 2nd annual parade and
festivities held by the international community at Royal Park Rajapruek on
December 3 attended by over 3,000 people of many nationalities and hilltribe
people from around the North. The event, the Multicultural Festival in honor
of HM the King, was organized by several groups including the We Love the
King Club headed by K. Ruchuchai Potha of the Labor Department and many
other groups and clubs. The event was opened by Chiang Mai Governor Tanin
On His Majesty’s birthday the Governor presided over the merit making
ceremony in honor of HM the King at the Chiang Mai University Convention
Center where abbots from all leading temples in Chiang Mai prayed for HM the
King and the event was attended by all provincial and municipal government
officials, Consuls and Honorary Consuls and students, hospital personnel and
local civic groups.
A candle lighting ceremony was held at the Sala Klang, Tha Pae Gate and at
Royal Park Rajapruek in the evening of December 5 to honor HM the King and
the skies filled with fireworks in his honor. Finally a party was held by
the Provincial Government in honor of HM the King at the Empress Hotel on
December 6 and was attended by provincial officials including Police,
Immigration, Army and Air Force leaders, Consuls and Honorary Consuls and
many civil leaders.
HM the King’s birthday is also Father’s Day and many events were held around
the city to honor both HM the King and all fathers.
all different nationalities joined in the festival to honor HM the King at
Royal Park Rajapruek on December 3, 2012.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and CEO of the Night
Safari Dr. Sarawut Srisakun attend the ceremony at the CMU Convention Center
on December 5.
U.S. Consul General, Indian Consul Dhirendra Garbyal Singh and his wife,
British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and French Honorary Consul Thomas
Baude join the celebrations at the Empress Hotel on December 6.
Royal College Marching Band led the Multi-cultural parade in honor of HM the
King on December 3.
Tanin Subhasaen is joined by his wife and the ladies of the Lions Club
Viengping at the reception held in honor of HM the King on December 6.
(Photo courtesy of asiantakeway @wikimedia.org)
NAP Fair showcases local artisans
Mayor Nutchudej Wiriyadiloktham and TAT Director for Chiang Mai Wisoot
Buachoom opened the evening with representatives from sponsors Cotto and SCB
in a candlelight ceremony in honor of HM the King on his birthday.
By Shana Kongmun
It’s the high season again and so that means another Nimman Art and Design
Promenade Fair or NAP Fair as its popularly known. The 13th annual fair was
a big success, even with the Amari closed off. The fair features unique,
high-quality arts and handicrafts from local designers and artisans. The NAP
Fair was opened on December 5 with a candlelight ceremony from Deputy Mayor
Nutchudej Wiriyadiloktham and TAT Director for Chiang Mai Wisoot Buachoom
opened the evening with representatives from sponsors Cotto and SCB on hand.
The NAP fair offered free shuttle services with red songthaews for the
length of Nimmanhaemin for the 6 days of the event. The NAP Fair runs
annually from December 5-10 on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1.
was on hand with a booth selling their locally made, hand crafted creams,
herbal soaps and many other items. Here, Marisa Marchitelli, daughter of the
founder Virgina Bird and her friend Scott Taylor are at the booth at the NAP
Ronnarong “Ong” Khampa and Waewdao Sirisook performed one of their beautiful
dances to open the NAP fair.
organizations also joined the event with Best Friends Library selling
handcrafted items from Burmese migrants and refugees.
FERC tea at 137 Pillars House
Host and GM
of 137 Pillars House Manfred Ilg (2nd left) is joined by FERC board members,
friends and guests at the tea held on Sunday, December 2, 2012.
By Shana Kongmun
FERC or the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children held their annual
charity fund raising tea at the glamourous 137 Pillars House lawn, at least
until unseasonal rain pushed the crowd inside the beautiful antique house
for the results of the silent auction. However, the tea was not too
disrupted from the weather as everyone congregated on the lawn enjoying the
delicious canapés, snacks and desserts. The passion fruit macaroons were
The silent auction featured donations from key resorts all over Thailand
including a much sought after river cruise on the Mekong River and a
fantastic Buddhist statue as well as dinners, massages and many decorative
The afternoon tea was greatly enjoyed by all and the funds raised were to a
worthy cause. FERC is a s a nonprofit organization, registered in Thailand
and the United States that provides aid to support and support for education
for children in the North, to promote and support organizations that make
educational contributions to the rural Thai and tribal communities and to
provide access to education through scholarships. More information can be
FERC member Phillip Johnson joins the
staff of the 137 Pillars House at the refreshments table.
Hastings makes sure all the silent auction items are in place and ready.
Gill enjoy the ambiance in the garden of 137 Pillars House.