HM the King’s 86th birthday celebrations
Wichien Puthiwinyoo pays his respects to the portrait of HM the King at CMU
Convention Center before making an offering of a flower garland.
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai, along with the rest of the nation, took Thursday
December 5 off to celebrate the birthday of HM the King. Official ceremonies
honoring His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej were held at the CMU Convention
Center in the morning where Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo paid his respects
to the portrait of HM the King and made merit for His Majesty by presenting
robes to the abbots of the major temples in Chiang Mai.
is joined by leading officials and officers and the most senior diplomat,
Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai, in offering robes to the abbots of the
leading Chiang Mai Temples in a merit making ceremony for HM the King.
Not only government officials attended
the ceremony but students and citizens from around Chiang Mai. Governor
Wichien also presented awards to Best Father from each District in Chiang
Mai in honor of Father’s Day.
Candlelight ceremonies were held around the city in the evening including
one held at the Flora Festival 2013 at Royal Ratchaphruek Park. The
candlelight ceremonies see the ceremonial candle in front of HM the King’s
portrait lit and then the flame passed person to person in the audience.
They then sing the Royal Anthem to honor the King and offer their blessings
diplomatic corps turned out to pay their respects to the King of Thailand,
from left, Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai, Japanese Consul General
Akihiko Fujii, U.S. Consul General Michael Heath, and Indian Consul
Dhirendra Singh Garbyal.
At Royal Ratchaphruek Park the ceremony
was presided over by Suwit Chaikiattiyos, Deputy Director General of the
Department of Agriculture who led government officers and people to light
candles to bless to HM the King. The ceremony also had a music celebration
for His Majesty the King and the show “Blessing to the King” and
“Agriculture under royal graciousness” and 86 fireworks in honor of HM the
Fireworks shows also took place in the city with the Municipality offering a
magnificent show after ceremonies at Tha Pae Gate.
around Chiang Mai joined in candlelight ceremonies to honor HM the King on
his 86th birthday, here Royal Park Ratchaphruek filled with people
celebrating his birthday.
Foreign residents honor HM the King
on International We Love the King Day
from Mae Taeng Elephant Camp led the parade, carrying a portrait of HM the
King. (Photo by Martin Vanderk)
By Shana Kongmun
Three years ago then head of the Work Permit Ruchuechai Potha heeded
the queries of the many foreign residents who visited his office on how they
could join in the festivities honor HM the King by organizing the first
International We Love the King Parade with over 1,500 participants that
started at Tha Pae Gate and ended in a big music, dance and food festival
near JJ Market. Last year the event was held at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek
Park with a concert and candle light ceremony in front of the portrait of HM
all nationalities and ethnic groups joined to show their love and respect
for Thailand’s beloved King.
(Photo by Chiang Mai Mail reporters)
This year the event saw organizations,
businesses, schools, groups, and individuals parade from JJ Market to Tha
Pae Gate on December 3, 2013. The generosity of the Chiang Mai Municipality
provided the parade route and the use of the stage for the event which saw
between 1,500 and 2,000 people participate. The parade was led by two
elephants, one carrying the portrait of HM the King from Mae Taeng Elephant
Camp and the Yupparaj Witthalayu School Marching Band leading the way.
Groups as diverse as the Swiss Lanna Society, the Chiang Mai Friends, the
Thai – Nepal Association of Chiang Mai, the Chinese Students groups as well
as ethnic groups from around Chiang Mai including Lahu students and teachers
who joined in the parade to show their love and respect for His Majesty King
international evening, the event was led by citizens of Australian, the
United States, Thailand and South Korea.
(Photo by Martin Vanderk)
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat
was joined by the Commander of Wing 41, the Head of the Labor Office, Swiss
Honorary Consul and representatives of various nations in honoring HM the
King on his birthday with offerings of “Phan phum” and then led the
candlelight ceremony where participants sang first the National Anthem
followed by the Royal Anthem.
One of the
elephants offers flowers in honor of HM the King. (Photo by Martin Vanderk)
Different groups performed dances and
the evening closed out with a rocking performance by the Chiang Mai band
“Two Nights With Steve” that drew crowds of tourists and locals. The
International We Love the King Day is a day for everyone in Chiang Mai to
come together to pay homage and show love and respect for Thailand’s great
king, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat passes on the flame from the ceremonial
candle to lead the candlelight ceremony. (Photo by Martin Vanderk)
Creativity and eclectic crafts at the NAP Fair
Nimman Art Promenade celebrates 13 years of art
sponsors included COTTO and Kantary Hills Hotel among others, the sponsors
of the NAP Fair were thanked on stage at the opening of the Fair.
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai is becoming widely known for its innovative design in
handicrafts, fashion and jewelry and the Nimman Art Promenade on
Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 is a showcase for eclectic design and creativity.
The NAP Fair celebrated its 13th year of bringing unique and creative crafts
to the public with over 80 booths lining the soi. The creativity ranged from
fashion to clothes, toys to food, sculpture, art and much more. Many of the
artists with booths here have small shops and others sell online and at the
Fair. The NAP Fair is organized by local businesses and artists to promote
Chiang Mai and its popularity grows every year.
the Brasserie thrilled the crowd with his amazing guitar skills on the third
night of the Fair.
The Fair features live music from
popular artists like the North Gate Jazz Band, Took and his band from the
Brasserie and others. Local kids get into the act and get up on stage with
fashion shows and dance performances. Fair goers get into the creativity too
by joining in painting elephants from Elephant Parade House or creating
lanterns for candles and other crafts at a table set up in front of the
The NAP Fair is one of the most popular events on the high season calendar
giving residents and tourists a chance to shop for unusual one of a kind
gifts, enjoy delicious baked goods and great live music. The organizers of
the NAP Fair thanked everyone for their support including sponsors who each
received gifts at the opening of the Fair on December 5, 2013. The NAP Fair
runs every year on December 5 for 5 full days on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1. If you
missed this year, mark it in your calendars for next year!
visitors painted elephants from the Elephant Parade House in the afternoon
before the music started.
everyone on offer, from pottery to stuffed critters from the children’s
favorite book, “Where the Wild Things Are”.
Chiang Mai flies high with
the International Balloon Festival
of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn is
joined by representatives and General Managers from the hotels, sponsors,
organizers and TAT head Wisut Buachoom to launch the small hot air balloon
to start the event.
By Shana Kongmun
The International Balloon Festival, which was held at the Chiengmai
Gymkhana Club on December 7 and 8, 2013 is another popular event that brings
the high tourist season into full swing. The Festival features early morning
balloon rides and a fabulous light and sound show in the evening as the
balloon pilots light the flames under their balloons and the sky glows with
the different colors of the big hot air balloons. Then the night sky fills
with a fireworks show high over the skies and then festival goers have the
chance to take tetherered rides in the big hot air ballons.
Live music from such popular international stars as Hugo and Garth Taylor
highlight the evening but also popular national stars such as Palmy and Nung
Jakkawan. The Festival is a truly family friendly event with bouncy castles
to keep the kids occupied and a wide array of food and drinks on offer from
such places as Le Meridien, Holiday Inn, Shangri La and the famed dusit D2
Hotel bartenders. Rimping supermarket had a full service wine and drinks
section along with readymade foods and local Thai dishes such as noodles and
rice were also available.
Professional balloon pilots travel from around the world to attend this
event, this year 8 different countries were represented including Germany,
Spain, Belgium, Russia, Croatia, England, Malaysia and Thailand. The
Festival is organized by the Earth, Wind, and Fire Company together with the
Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Chiang Mai Municipality and the Chiang
Mai Provincial Administration. Chi Chang offered an interactive booth for
fair goers and Promenada sponsored children’s games in one of the top
festivals of the year.
sky filled with the sounds of wonderful music and the lights of glowing hot
air balloons for the Glow Night Sky light and sound show.
star Hugo performed several of his biggest hits including his 2011 hits 99
Problems and Bread and Butter.
Kids big and
small love the small hot air balloons too.