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Fun day out for children in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and the traffic police present children with toys for Children’s Day, traffic safety was emphasized at this event.

By Shana Kongmun
Children around Chiang Mai had a wonderful day out on their special day on January 10, 2015. Kids got free entrance into the Chiang Mai Zoo, the Zoo Aquarium, entrance to City Hall to meet the Governor, air shows at Wing 41, awards and games at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and Municipal Stadium, as well as fun activities at malls and various locations around the city and the province.

Kids from the very smallest to the biggest enjoyed fun and games at shopping malls and locations around Chiang Mai, this little guy took advantage of the special room set up at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall.
Children’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, with the UN’s Universal Children’s Day celebrated on November 20 to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 by the U.N. Neighboring Indonesia celebrates Children’s Day on July 23, while Japan is May 5 and India celebrates Children’s Day on the birthday of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14.
First established in 1955 on a Monday, the event as changed to the second Saturday of January in 1963 and is a public holiday. Each year the Prime Minister designates a theme for Children’s Day and this year Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha set the theme for Children’s Day as "Knowledge with morality leads to the future”.
Traffic around the city was heavy as parents took their kids to all the many fun events that took place throughout the day.

This little guy was enthralled with the magic show at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall.

Mayor Tussanai Burnanupakorn presented bicycles to outstanding children at the Municipality’s Children’s Day festivities.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presented certificates of accomplishment to children for National Children’s Day at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna.

Fun and games was also a highlight of the day for kids around town.

Local residents Stephen and Peeow Harrow arranged lunch for twenty seven children and staff from Ban Rom Sai orphanage at Baansaunhimdoi restaurant Hang Dong . The children then enjoyed ten kilos of ice-cream and cakes provided by Cake Lover Hang Dong.

While the smaller children played with a pedal motorcar, others danced gangnam style to the music at the Children’s Day festivities organized by Stephen and Peeow Harrow. "

Chiang Mai Expats Club holds first meeting of the New Year

Jume and Pat man the desk to greet attendees and hand out badges.

By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Expats Club held a meeting and party at Le Meridien Chiang Mai on January3, 2015 where around 100 members and friends showed up for the regular meeting followed by a delicious brunch.
The Chiang Mai Expats Club normally meets on the fourth Saturday of every month but wanted to join everyone in welcoming in the new year with a small party. They will be holding their Annual General Meeting on January 16 at the River Market at 10 a.m. and the usual general meeting on January 24, 2015 at Le Meridien Chiang Mai which is open to everyone including non-members.

Roger and Heinz direct traffic at the entrance to the party to make sure everything ran smoothly!

Le Meridien F & B Manager Michael Hofstetter joined Eveline, Heinz and Andy to make sure that everything was just right for the party.

Members and friends enjoyed a coffee and cookies before the meeting, followed by brunch afterwards.

Hmong groups from around the country celebrate New Year in Mae Rim

Lovely Hmong ladies line up in both traditional and modern versions of Hmong clothing.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Members of the Hmong ethnic group from around Thailand came to Mae Rim District in Chiang Mai to join in the Noj Peg Caug Festival, or Hmong New Year on January 2, 2015 at the Study Centre of the Sufficiency Economy according to His Majesty’s Initiative.
Vice President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization Tassanee Buranupakorn joined with Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office Viroon Phantevee and Jeeradech Jeedaeng, Chairman of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization in opening the event.
Five large groups of Hmong people joined in the New Year event; the South, North, Central, Inthanon and Chiang Mai networks. Hmong students and associations in Chiang Mai also came to the event to attend the ceremonies.
The lively event saw Hmong people dressed in their traditional finery as well as modernized versions worn by the younger students. There were performances, dances and other traditional events to ring in the New Year which the Hmong traditionally celebrate for three to nine days. This year the event was held from January 1 -3, 2015.
Naruedon Ritwattanakit, event organizer, said that Hmong New Year Festival is a very important day the ethnic group, especially in Chiang Mai, with a population of over 45,000 people. Every village celebrates and works to preserve and promote the arts and culture of ethnic Hmong Thai people.

This young woman wore the traditional headdress decorated in silver for the New Year.

People from around Thailand came to Mae Rim to join in celebrating the Hmong New Year.

Hmong dignitaries and other VIPs join at the opening of the New Year celebrations.

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Fun day out for children in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Expats Club holds first meeting of the New Year

Hmong groups from around the country celebrate New Year in Mae Rim