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XI No.14 - Sunday December 16 - Saturday December 29, 2012


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Chiang Mai wishes HM the King a very Happy 85th Birthday

Governor 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 5.

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 Subhasaen.
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.

Residents of all different nationalities joined in the festival to honor HM the King at Royal Park Rajapruek on December 3, 2012.

(From left) 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.

(From left) 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.

The Princes Royal College Marching Band led the Multi-cultural parade in honor of HM the King on December 3.

Governor 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

Deputy 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.

Sabu Sabu 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 Fair.

Performers Ronnarong “Ong” Khampa and Waewdao Sirisook performed one of their beautiful dances to open the NAP fair.

Many 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 divine!
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 items.
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 found at http://www.thai-rural-education.org/.

FERC member Phillip Johnson joins the staff of the 137 Pillars House at the refreshments table.

Julie Hastings makes sure all the silent auction items are in place and ready.

Lois and Gill enjoy the ambiance in the garden of 137 Pillars House.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai wishes HM the King a very Happy 85th Birthday

NAP Fair showcases local artisans

FERC tea at 137 Pillars House
 

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