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Chiang Mai Vegetarian Festival

The opening ceremony for the 4th annual Chiang Mai Vegetarian Festival was Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

By Shana Kongmun

The 4th annual Vegetarian Festival opened on September 27 with President of the Provincial Administrative Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and Municipal Clerk Dr. Ken Santitham opening the festival which runs until October 5 at Buddha Satan. The Vegetarian Festival coincides with other Vegetarian Festivals around the country and generally begins in the tenth lunar month on the first new moon after the equinox. The festival takes place around the country with the most famous occurring in Phuket but the Chiang Mai Chinese community also takes part in this annual event.

Known as “Gin Jay” or eat vegetarian, participating restaurants will hand red signs with the Thai words for vegetarian (jay) written on it. Keep an eye out for these signs and don’t hesitate to stop and try. There are ceremonies at the Chinese temples and participants in the event will refrain from cooking with utensils used to prepare meat dishes, refrain from drinking, smoking, and sexual activity, will wear white clothing, and keep their bodies clean, and keep their minds mentally calm and pure. Pregnant women and menstruating women as well as those in mourning should not attend any of the ceremonies. (Photos courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).

Municipal Clerk Dr. Ken Santitham, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn stir a giant pot of vegetarian Gang Hang Ley.

Festival goers got to try the Gang Hang Ley at the event that
opened at Buddha Satan.

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek expected to draw visitors

One of the many gardens that were on display in the last Expo, this year the Expo will feature gardens from 30 different nations.
(Photo courtesy of Royal Flora Ratchaphruek.)

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek which starts November 9 and runs through February 15 and will cover 80 hectares of the garden featuring gardens from 30 countries as well as 39 gardens from Thai private and public agencies. The expo will feature 3 international symposiums on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, and Orchids and Ornamental Plants for those interested in learning more about gardening, gardens and plants. The symposiums will be held at various hotels around Chiang Mai. The schedule can be found here:

The event is being held to also honor HM the King on the event of his 84th birthday this year on December 5 and the 80th birthday of HM the Queen, this August. In light of their tremendous contributions to the Thai people in their work on agriculture and gardening, environmental sustainability, water and nature conservation, and poverty alleviation will be highlighted at the Expo.

The Expo has four mascots; Nong Khun (the Ratchaphruek flower) representing the new generation of environmentalists and new ideas, Lom Bin (the wind) representing wind and electrical power, Din Chum (soil fertility) representing the minerals required to keep the soil healthy, Nam Sai (clean water) representing the importance of clean water and Ai Un (sunlight) bringing light to the plants and the world.

Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major, Thai Post offices, TTM Theatre outlets, and call center +66 (0) 2262 3456

International Adventures 2011 Fair

The Chiang Mai International Adventures 2011 Fair will be held at Central Airport Plaza from September 19-21 and will featured more than 50 booths from adventure travel operators. There will be a rock climbing wall, skateboarding competitions, BMX bicycle races and other extreme sports and adventure travel offers.
Seminars will be held on developing eco-tourism and adventure travel in Chiang Mai and the North in this Tourism Authority of Thailand sponsored event.

Asian masks on display in Bangkok

The Embassy of Portugal is presenting a display of masks from 8 Asian countries from the Oreint Museum in Lisbon at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center from September 15 to October 6, 2011.

The exhibition is part of the events to celebrate the 500th year anniversary of Thai-Portugal relations with the support of the Fundação Oriente, Asia Commemorations Comission and Instituto Camões.

The mask collection is just a small sample of the many thousands of Asian masks the museum has, with many pieces from famous Chinese Opera stars as well as performance masks from around Asia. The Orient Museum was opened in Lisbon, Portugal in 2008 and houses a huge collection of Asian art and artificacts. One room is dedicated to the former Portugese colonies in Asia, showing the mix of Catholicism and Asian cultures.

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Chiang Mai Vegetarian Festival

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek expected to draw visitors

International Adventures 2011 Fair

Asian masks on display in Bangkok