Inthakin ceremony prays for rain, peace and prosperity
Ages old agrarian fertility rites
Wichien Puthiwinyoo strikes the ceremonial gong to launch the Inthakin
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai celebrated the annual Inthakin Festival or City Pillar Festival
which began on Sunday, May 25 at 4 p.m. when Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
hit the ceremonial gong before attending a worship ceremony at the Inthakin
shrine at Wat Chedi Luang Worawiharn.
The day started from Wat Chedi Luang as a procession of dancers, musicians
and Buddhist faithful towed the Phra Puttha San Ha Buddha image from the
temple around the city and back to Wat Chedi Luang for the ceremony. Many
Chiang Mai districts took part in the procession including Doi Saket, Mae On
and many others.
Governor Wichien was joined by Deputy Mayor of Chiang Mai Municipality
Soonthorn Yamsiri sprinkled lustral water and placed flower offerings on the
Buddha image as well as on the City Pillar itself and then placed flower
offerings and coins in 32 bowls. Devotees joined in placing flowers and
coins as well as sprinkling lustral water on the Phra Puttha San Ha Buddha
image in front of the temple as well as on the main Buddha image inside the
main temple hall.
The Sao Inthakin was built during the reign of King Mengrai in 1296 and was
originally located in Wat Inthakin before being moved to Wat Chedi Luang
where it is enshrined in a small wooden temple, the spot marks the exact
center of Chiang Mai.
The Inthakin festival was most likely an ages old agrarian fertility
ceremony to bring the rains although legend has it that a spirit came down
from the heavens and gave the people a pillar to protect them. To this day,
Chiang Mai residents worship at the Sao Inthakin on the 13th day of the
waning moon in the eighth Northern lunar moon and continue until the second
day of the waxing moon of the ninth month, this year ending May 31, 2014.
Pillar is buried inside the small wooden temple under the Buddha image to
the side of the main temple hall. It is here that worship ceremonies were
held. (Photo by Aaron Espana)
Wichien Puthiwinyoo lays khan doke, or flower offerings for the Inthakin.
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo pours lustral water over the Buddha image upon
its arrival at Wat Chedi Luang.
Puttha San Ha Buddha was towed on its carriage by Chiang Mai residents to
its resting place at the front of Wat Chedi Luang.
homage to the statues of the former Lanna Kings.
place coins in 32 bowls inside the main temple hall to pay respects and
offer alms to the Buddha and the Sao Inthakin.
brings offerings for the Sao Inthakin or City Pillar.
many districts around Chiang Mai performed in the procession to Wat Chedi
knife dancer from Chiang Mai was also part of the parade.
An Arty fundraiser by Art Relief International
painting by Art Director Sarah was popular at the fund raising party.
By Shana Kongmun
Art Relief International and Cultural Canvas, the organizations that use art
and creativity to reach disadvantaged people, both adults and children, held
an arty fundraising event at Small House Kafe in Santitham on Friday, May
Woravit Rattanakit, Executive Director of Art Relief International and
Cultural Canvas, thanked Small House Kafe for hosting the event and the
party-goers who purchased art done by students as well as merchandise.
Sarah, the Art Director of Art Relief International, painted many faces that
then enjoyed music by a great DJ. Funds raised are being used to rent a
larger gallery space in October to exhibit the works of students.
Works of art
by students and merchandise were on sale to raise funds to rent a larger
Kafe hosted the fund raising event held on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Be the Light; raising funds for at-risk boys
Urban Light Thailand Director Phimphisa “Dao”
Chailoet welcomes Art Relief International Executive Director Woravit “Wad”
Rattanakit to the party.
By Shana Kongmun
Documentary Arts Asia was the host for a charity fundraising party held by
Urban Light on Friday, March 23, 2014. The event was held in conjunction
with Love146 and Documentary Arts Asia to screen a short film made in
Bangkok a few years ago interviewing boys who had turned to prostitution to
make ends meet.
Urban Light is a local community grassroots organization that provides the
Urban Light Youth Center (ULYC) for boys and young men in the sex trade. The
shelter provides the boys with a safe place and assistance regarding
education, health services, housing and emergency care. The evening saw more
than 70 people turn out to enjoy food from Magical Gardens Café as well as
win raffle prizes from sponsors such as Crossfit Chiang Mai, Wild Rose Yoga
Studio, and Ristr8to Coffee.
The evening raised nearly 17,000 baht to improve the learning center for the
boys. Art Relief International Volunteers were also on hand as they provide
weekly art classes to interested students every Thursday at the training
center. Some of the works of art produced by the boys was on display and for
sale to interested parties.
Thailand Director “Dao” Phimphisa Chailoet thanked the crowd for their
support of the event and for providing such a great turnout on the night.
Urban Light staffers and volunteers get ready
for the party with Julia from Love146 (2nd right) and guests.
International visitors joined local artists and
residents for the charity evening.
Jill, Michelle, Sue and Sean enjoy the food from
Magical Gardens Café before the screening of the short film.
Mae Tao clinic focus at Expats Club
Expats Club President Nancy Lindley (2nd right)
joins speaker Eh Thwa Bor and Mae Sot Clinic staff Kim with committee member
Eveline and Le Meridien’s Phuthana before the start of the meeting.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Expats Club hosted Eh Thwa Bor, Asst. Director of Operations
at the highly regarded Mae Sot Clinic in Tak on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Le
Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai. The Expats Club’s monthly meeting was well
attended as the expat population has heard many good things about this
clinic that has helped so many migrant workers and refugees.
Members and guests of the Chiang Mai Expats Club expressed great interest in
learning more about the clinic and why the people who use the clinic and its
accompanying training center, school, boarding houses and outreach programs
are reluctant to return to Myanmar despite the recent reforms and changes in
The Mae Sot Clinic was founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to care for
Burmese refugees. Today the clinic offers so much more than just health care
and more about Dr. Cynthia and the works she is doing is covered in a
personal interview with Jerry Nelson on Page 8 in our feature column “Under
Jo of the Dining Guide (center) chats with
Kishore and Frank Sethi over coffee.
Jerry and Jan are ready for the meeting!