Festive Season is coming!
Start December with the cold weather in Thailand. It make me feel good to meet the real winter (just a bit cold than every year –“)
It’s great time to go the North such as “Doi Inthanon” This is the highest peak in Thailand, and the national park that surrounds it is filled with some of the many natural wonders that make the country such a draw in the first place.
If you spend your Christmas time in Thailand this year, tracking in the North is recommend. Normally Thai people will do the good thing to start new year such as
- Offer foods to the monks
- To pay respect to Buddha at the temple
- Clean the house
- Visit parents or family
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂
from all of Big Smile Team 🙂
Thai Greeting “Sawasdee”
In Thailand, people in general greet one another with the word “Sawasdee”. This word can be used all times of day. A male would add the word “Krap” and a female the word “Ka” after “Sawasdee” to show politeness. The word Sawasdee can also be used when taking leave of someone or saying good-bye.
If the persons are friends or about the same age, the word Sawasdee alone is sufficient for greeting. A wai is a gesture of pressing the palms together in the position of a budding lotus at chest level, with the fingertips touching the tip of the nose. These are three levels of Wai.
- For the Buddha images or the monks only
- Raise the pressed palms until the thumbs touch the space between the eyebrows and the fingertips touch the hairline at the forehead. The tips of the index fingers are pressed againt the forehead. The tips of the index fingers are pressed againt the forehead, not tilting to the left or right. This is the 1st level Wai.
2. For parents, teachers, senior relatives and the elderly
- Raise the pressed palms until the thumbs touch the tip of the nose and the fingertips touch the space between the eyebrows. This is the 2nd level Wai.
3. For respected persons in general including persons of the same status
- Let the pressed palms touch the lower part of the face, with the tip of the chin and tile tips of the index fingers touching the nose. Bow the head a little without stooping for both male and female. This is 3rd level Wai.
Loy Krathong Festival
Every year Loy Krathong falls on the night of the 12th lunar month. At the end of rainy season when the full moon lights up the sky. The sight of thousands of Krathongs. their flickering candles sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon is a truly magical sight.
This year Loy Krathong Festival will be held on Monday 11 November, 2019.
What is Loy Krathong?
- The history behind the festival is complex. Thai celebrate it for many reasons. As the main rice harvest season ends. It’s time to thank the Water Goddess for a year’s worth of her abudant supply as well as an apology for polluting the waters.
What is a Krathong?
- There is no equivalent word in English for “Krathong”. You may hear people referring to it as a small boat, vessel, receptacle or container. In the runup to the festival, many shops and market stalls will display ready-made krathongs or in parts so you can assemble and decorate as you wish.
Where can you float a Krathong in Bangkok?
- Hotels located along the river.
- Riverside Location such as Asiatique, Wat Saket, Phra Athit pier.
- Lakes ; Lumpini park at Silom, Benjasiri Park at Sukhumvit
Even as a young prince growing up in Switzerland, His Majesty the King was a keen craftsman. With his older brother, King Ananda Mahidol, he assembled electric engines and radios, models and gliders. He even repaired his nanny’s sewing machine and constructed a simple radio.
A dog with destiny
His Majesty King Bhumibol raised several dogs over the years, but was rarely pictured with one until 1998, when His Majesty was presented with a stray dog by the staff of the Rama IX Medical Centre. With a copper coloured coat, the dog was named “Tongdaeng”, and was in fact His Majesty’s 17th dog. She soon became His Majesty’s constant companion as well as one of the most famous dogs in the country.
Guardian of the Nation
His Majesty the King strived to maintain his constitutional role and impartiality when it came to politics. In times of crisis, however, his voice made all the difference.
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