Today's Alert 2015

March 2015




It was 9 full months after the Buddha got the Enlightenment, on the full moon day of 6th lunar month, 45 years before the Buddhist era. On the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, Makha, of the year, 4 special events happened:

1. There were 1,250 Sangha followers, that came to see the Buddha that evening without any schedule. 2. All of them were “Arhantas', the Enlightened One, and all of them were ordained by the Buddha himself. 3. The Buddha gave those Arhantas the principles of the Buddhism, called “The Ovadhapatimokha”. Those principles are: - To cease from all evil, - To do what is good, - To cleanse one's mind; 4. It was the full moon day.

Another important event, which happened on the same days (the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month) 44 years later, the last year of the Buddha's life, he decided to 'Parinibbhana', nirvana, leave the mind from the body or die. 3 months after that day (on the full moon day of the six lunar month – we known as 'Visakha Bucha Day').

    • 'TUM BOON': Making merit by going to temples for special observances, making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching, giving some donations and join in the other Buddhist activities.
    • 'RUB SIL': Keeping the Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks and all kinds of immoral acts.
    • 'TUK BARD': Offering food to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl).
    • Practice of renuciation: Observe the Eight Precepts, practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
    • 'VIEN TIEN': Attending the Candle Light Procession around the Uposatha Hall, in the evening of the Vesak full moon day.


February 2015

February 14, Valentine’s Day

Rose Colors and Meanings guide contains helpful hints about the meaning associated with the colors of roses and other rose information. As one of the most enduring symbols for love and appreciation, it’s no surprise that roses are among the most admired and evocative of flowers. Our comprehensive guide to the colors and meanings of roses is your resource for rose interpretation.

Coveted through the ages for its simply beauty and intoxicating fragrance, there’s no better way to send a heartfelt message than with the classic rose. Each color rose has its own special significance, though, so it’s important to do your research.

Rose Colors & Meanings guide is here to help you select the color rose to perfectly complement your message, whether it’s love, friendship or remembrance.

  • Red Rose
    • Scottish poet Robert Burns didn’t compare his love to a red, red rose for nothing. Long associated with beauty and perfection, red roses are a time-honored way to say “I love you.” Whether it’s for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or just to express appreciation on any old day, there’s no better way than a bouquet of red roses to express your feelings.

  • Pink Rose
    • Bright and beautiful to behold, but pink roses are also fabulously versatile when you have something important to say. A classic symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation. Whether they’re for your best friend, fiancée or ever-dependable cubicle mate, a pink rose bouquet will create a bright spot in a special someone’s day.

  • White Rose
    • White roses are traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings, but their quiet beauty has also made them a gesture of remembrance. When the occasion calls for reverence, whether stately or somber, a bouquet of white rose is a perfect way to say, “I’m thinking of you.”

  • Orange Rose
    • With their blazing energy, orange roses are the wild child of the rose family. Whatever feelings you might be bubbling over with—enthusiasm, passion, gratitude—orange roses will get the message across with both oomph and elegance.

  • Yellow Rose
    • When it comes to sending a joyful message, yellow roses are your best friend. In fact, yellow roses are a traditional symbol of friendship, so there you go. With their warm, sunny disposition, a bouquet of yellow roses tends to light up the room, making them a perfect way to say thanks, get well, congratulations or just, “Hey, thanks for being you.”


January 2015

Teachers' Day January 16

Adopted as Teachers' Day in Thailand by a resolution of the government on November 21, 1956. The first Teachers' Day was held in 1957.
January 16 marks the enactment of the Teachers Act, Buddhist Era 2488 (1945), which was published in the Government Gazette on January 16, 1945,
and came into force 60 days later. Most Thai schools close for the day to give their teachers a break during the long second term.
Many international schools do not, although they may hold celebrations to honour their teaching staff. There are very few public or official commemorations.

Find out if other countries celebrate Teachers' Day and which dates from this link.

This year Thailand initiates the International PRINCESS MAHA CHAKRI AWARD to honor Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
for her dedication to support the teaching profession in Thailand.

    • Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is widely known for her dedication to educational development. Her Royal Highness’s continuous efforts to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth in remote areas, and to improve their occupations and quality of life by means of education, have been made over many years, generating benefits at national and international levels.

    • On the auspicious occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015, the Teachers’ Council of Thailand, under the Ministry of Education, deems it appropriate to request Her Royal Highness’s permission to establish an international award in honour of her admirable endeavours and also to grant it the name of “Princess Maha Chakri Award”.

  • Objectives
    • To honour Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for her outstanding achievements in the field of education and in the development of the quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged;
    • To honour highly dedicated teachers whose accomplishments make significant contributions to education and human development and who deserve international recognition;
    • To support and promote development of the teaching profession as well as educational enhancement;
    • To strengthen international relations in the field of education.

  • Description of the Award
    • The “Princess Maha Chakri Award” is an international award for dedicated teachers whose outstanding achievements generate benefits to education and human development. One teacher from each of the eleven Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, will be selected as an awardee.

  • Nomination Criteria
    • Initially, teachers from Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia will be granted opportunities to be nominated for the Princess Maha Chakri Award. The nomination process will be conducted by the Ministry of Education in each country. Dedicated teachers, whose outstanding achievements have generated benefits to education and human development, will be entitled to be nominated

  • Selection of Awardees
    • The Ministry of Education in each of eleven Southeast Asian countries will be responsible for selecting candidates in accordance with the criteria for award nomination. Each country may nominate only one person.
    • Details regarding qualified persons, nomination and selection criteria, time frames and nomination processes will be determined by the Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation Committee.
    • The final decision regarding selection of awardees of the Princess Maha Chakri Award will be made by the Princess Maha Chakri Award Foundation Committee.

  • Award Presentation
    • Awardees of the Princess Maha Chakri Award will be invited to a royal award presentation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand;
    • The name list of awardees and brief descriptions of their work or innovations will be notified to their respective governments, the Royal Thai Government, private agencies and other relevant bodies in their respective countries. This information will also be publicized through all media channels;
    • Awardees from Southeast Asian countries will be invited to present their outstanding achievements and share their knowledge with fellow awardees for the benefit of the profession.