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|Jan 29, 2008, 6:28 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2005
Child Street beggar
Thailand King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch,
is treated with an almost religious devotion in Thailand and his
physical condition is a subject of great national concern. The 80-year-old
king's health is beginning to fail he was hospitalized in October 2008
for an undisclosed ailment. Every Monday is a day of respect a large
segment of the population wear bright yellow shirts to honor the king's
favorite color. The king's official Birthday is December 5 and for two weeks
before the official birthday, mini celebrations are held thought-out Thailand.
One day after returning from a tour, we decided to go for a long walk in
Chaing Rai. We were told that there was a pretty park not far from the hotel.
Arriving at the location, we saw a flurry of activity, construction of stages,
floral arrangements, and water fountains. After communicating, I am fluent
in hand language and picture drawing, with one young women we found out
that she was the coordinator of a mini celebration to be held the following
night and we were invited to come.
Upon arriving on December 2, the following evening we witnessed this
spectacular comprised of two events, a Buddhist prayer meeting attended by
hundreds followed by a show. Here is the prayer portion with the audience all
dressed in white. One women pointed to embroidery located on the shirt
section and said we love king. I am almost positive that we were the only
Caucasians in the area.
Black Karen Man [red turban] attends prayers for king
Try this in the US. There was a special children's section where the parents
leave their sibling unattended while they pray. Nobody bothers the children
and they stay put.
The stage show was supposed to start at 19.30 hours and everyone was
sitting patiently. Everyone that is except for us, it is 20.15 and no show.
Once again, I used my expert sign language to inquire about the delay
from anyone who could understand me. Why are the monks still praying
when the show is so late? I finally found a Thai who said when monks say
it is over it is over. The monks concluded their prayers at 20.40 and the
stage show began. During this entire delay there were no complaints
shifting in seats from anyone except us.
|Jan 30, 2008, 8:47 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2006
Very nice series, Jerry. Just finished the entire Thai gallery at your smugsmug site. I suspect that to be you in the last photo of the Thai gallery. Thanks for taking us on vacation with you and Babs.
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