Today's Alert 2017

November 2017

Loy Krathong

  • What is Loy Krathong?
    • The history behind the festival is complex, and Thais celebrate for many reasons. The main rice harvest season has ended and it’s time to thank the Water Goddess for a year’s worth of her abundant supply, as well as an apology for polluting the waters. Some believe that this is the time to symbolically ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges you have been holding onto, and including a fingernail or a lock of hair is seen as a way of letting go of the dark side of yourself, to start anew free of negative feelings. If your candle stays alight until your Krathong disappears out of sight, it means a year of good luck.
    • Traditionally, Thais release their krathongs into rivers and small canals called ‘klongs’. Today, a pond or lake is also good. Many places host a string of cultural activities, such as ‘Ram Wong’ dance performances, krathong-making competitions and a beauty contest.

  • Where can you float a Krathong in Bangkok?
    • The main Loy Krathong celebration in Bangkok has been held at Asiatique since 2013. Perviously it was held along the banks of Wat Saket in the Old City, which is still a popular place to celebrate. For anyone around Khao San Road, head to the nearby Phra Athit Pier.
      • Riverside Locations
        • Asiatique (Riverside)
        • Wat Saket (Riverside/Old City)
        • Phra Athit Pier (Riverside/ Old City)
        • Maharaj Lifestyle Mall (Riverside/Old City)
      • Popular Lakes for Floating Krathongs
        • Lumpini Park (Silom)
        • Benjasiri Park (Sukhumvit)
        • Benjakiti Park (Sukhumvit)

  • 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 run-up 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. In the past, krathongs were made from natural materials – usually a section from a banana tree trunk, crafted into a lotus shape by using folded banana leaves, and these can still be found for sale around the main festival sites. More recently, Thais have become more creative in their craft and design the krathongs from coconut shells, flowers, baked bread, potato slices, some breaking with the conventional lotus leaf shape in favour of turtles and other sea creatures.


October 2017

The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremation day, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to His Majesty the late King. The process of the Royal Cremation will last five days.

On the first day, 25 October, a royal merit-making ceremony will be held at 17.30 hr, in preparation for moving the royal urn to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. It will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

On the second day, 26 October, the royal urn will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at 07.00 hr. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will take place between 17.30 hr and 22.00 hr at the Royal Crematorium. The actual cremation is scheduled for 22.00 hr.

Festivities to pay a final tribute and farewell to the His Majesty King Bhumibol and to mark the ending of an official mourning period include public performances, such as the khon masked drama, puppet shows, and orchestras. They will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Royal Cremation Day, 26 October 2017, and run through 6:00 a.m. on the following day.

The collection of royal relics will take place on the third day, 27 October at 08.00 hr, at the Royal Crematorium.

On the fourth day, 28 October at 17.30 hr, a merit-making ceremony will be held for the royal relics at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

On the fifth day, 29 October at 10.30 hr, the royal relics will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Later, on the same day, at 17.30 hr, the royal ashes will be enshrined at two temples, namely Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives.

After the Royal Cremation Ceremony, an exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from 1 to 30 November, where people will be able to learn more about the ceremony. The exhibition will feature arts and culture regarding the Royal Crematorium and related structures.


September 2017

World Ozone Day

  • World Ozone Day

    This special day is held on September 16th to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. As a result, a number of special events such as talks and seminars are held in the Canadian city of Montreal on this day.
    World Ozone Day has been celebrated since 1994 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it. People from all over the world are expected to gather in Montreal on September 16th to join the talks and seminars.
    World Ozone Day is also celebrated all around the world. Educators usually set aside this day to teach their students about the Ozone layer and many schools organize special events and activities to raise awareness. This is one event that everyone can experience and enjoy together.


August 2017

Her Majesty the Queen’s 85th birthday on August 12, 2017

The Visionary Queen
To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 85th birthday on August 12, 2017, 2Magazine pays tribute to the natural grace and unrivalled style of Her Majesty, an icon of Thai elegance and fashion

Long revered for her timeless beauty and her incandescent personality, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit epitomises the Siamese Lady. Generations of Thai women have looked up to Her Majesty as a role model for many, if not all, facets of their lives. Every one of Her Majesty’s steps has been iconic and exemplary.

The fashion and design industry will always cherish Her Majesty’s pivotal role in modernizing Thai fabrics. Over time, Thai society has undergone great change as Western culture was adopted by the general public and Thai fabrics lost much of their popularity while western-style outfits became more and more de rigueur as symbols of modernity and status. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit had been well aware of the importance of preserving Thai craftsmanship as an essential part of Thailand’s roots and heritage and she dedicated decades to this mission.

For an extended period of over 20 years, Her Majesty, with a thorough understanding of the ever-evolving nature of culture and the assistance of French Couturier Pierre Balmain, worked tirelessly to update, preserve, and accentuate the quintessence of Thai fabrics, transfusing the French savoir-faire in clothes-making to Thai fabrics. The fruits of this collaboration were so phenomenal that Thai textiles found a place in modern Thailand for the first time.

To this day, those designs not only remain references for modern Thai outfits but also serve as inspiration to new generations of Thai women and designers: a sartorial legacy pioneered by a visionary Queen.


July 2017

Long Live His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Thai: มหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร; born 28 July 1952) is the King of Thailand, since 2016. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. After his father's death on 13 October 2016, he was expected to succeed to the throne of Thailand but asked for time to mourn before taking the throne. He accepted the throne on the night of 1 December 2016 but will not be crowned formally until some time after the cremation of his father, expected to be on 26 October 2017. His father Bhumibol's coronation took place four years after his accession. The government retroactively declared his reign to have begun on 13 October 2016, upon his father's death. As the tenth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty, he is also styled as Rama X.

Focus on education
King Vajiralongkorn has initiated education projects with the aim of improving children's access to quality learning and instilling the concept of lifelong learning. He has special ties to the Rajabhat University system of 40 institutions of higher learning. The chairman of the Council of Rajabhat University Presidents of Thailand said that Vajiralongkorn has presided over commencement ceremonies at all Rajabhat Universities nationwide and personally handed out degrees to all Rajabhat university graduates every year since 1978. It is estimated that over the past 35 years at least 2,100,000 degrees have been handed out by the Crown Prince to Rajabhat graduates. In addition, every year he donates 42 million baht to a scholarship fund benefiting Rajabhat students.


June 2017

Artificial Flowers for The Royal Funeral


“7 ดอกไม้จันทน์พระราชทาน”

  • BANGKOK, 1st June 2017 (NNT) - The Thai Parliament has introduced a voluntary project to produce artificial flowers to be used in the royal funeral of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej later this year.
    The Secretariat of the House of Representatives has launched the project, as a part of its organizational development initiative, and invited officials, employees and staff of the Parliament to join the project.
    The project is also intended as another opportunity for all who work for the Parliament to show their loyalty and gratitude as well as pay homage to the highly-revered King.
    Participants said they all felt happy to be part of the project as it is one way for them to remember the wisdom of the late monarch, especially the Philosophy of a Sufficiency Economy that all Thais can adopt and use in leading better lives.
    The Secretariat of the House of Representatives plans to deliver all the artificial flowers to responsible state agencies for distribution to members of the public, who join the royal funeral scheduled for October 26 of this year. - See more at:

  • Thais continue to make artificial flowers for late King Government agencies, the private sector, and the public continue to make artificial flowers as a tribute to HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In the capital city, civil servants, military officers, and royal subjects are joining hands to make sandalwood flowers called “Dararat” to be used during the cremation of the late monarch on October 26th. Don Mueang district officials are also teaching the public how to make the flowers. In Ang Thong province, flower making activities are being held at a Big C Supercenter until June 7th and at the Provincial Cultural Center until the end of this month. Everyone is welcome. In Uthai Thani, civil servants, employees of the city hall, teachers, and students numbering more than 200 are making the artificial flowers using recycled off-cut materials. City hall officials are also teaching people in 15 local communities to make the flowers. - See more at:

May 2017

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Sacred oxen eat from items of food put before them.
The types of food they choose to eat helps determine
the prediction on the year's harvest. 
Chanat Katanyu

Royal Ploughing Ceremony – 12th May 2017

The Royal Ploughing Day, according to South Asian ancient belief, marks the inauguration of the farming season, with both Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies. His Majesty the King presided over the ceremony, held annually on the sixth lunar month. The ceremony was broadcast live. Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, permanent secretary for agriculture, performed as Phraya Raek Na, the Lord of the Plough, and was joined by consecrated women – officials from the Agriculture Ministry – carrying gold and silver baskets filled with rice seeds.

The sacred oxen were offered seven choices of food for the annual prediction. The sacred oxen chose to eat paddy, maize and grass, leading to the prediction of an abundant food supply and plenty of water. Phraya Raek Na selected a piece of folded cloth that was five kueb long, leading to the prediction there will be a sufficient supply of water, a good rice harvest and an abundance of food.

This highly ceremonial event marks an auspicious beginning to the new planting season every year. Presided over by HM the King or member of the Royal Family, the ceremony follows a strict agenda whereby court Brahmins, dressed in ceremonial gowns, lead two sacred oxen in a ploughing ritual around the Royal Field as they sow rice seeds onto the ground. The symbolic importance of this ceremony occurs when the sacred oxen eat from a plate of offering – rice, corn, green beans, sesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky – which predicts whether or not the upcoming planting season will be bountiful.

Date: 12th May 2017
Time: From 08:30
Location: Sanam Luang (Royal Field)


April 2017

Royal Rainmaking

Songkran Festival 2017

Songkran is the Thai New Year's festival. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year, but the holiday period includes 14–15 April as well. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti (Devanāgarī: संक्रांति), literally “astrological passage”, meaning transformation or change. The term was borrowed from Makar Sankranti, the name of a Hindu harvest festival celebrated in India in January to mark the arrival of spring. It coincides with the rising of Aries on the astrological chart, the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festive occasion is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar.


  • Songkran in Thailand
    • Central Region People in this region clean their houses when Songkran approaches. All dress up in colorful clothing. After offering food to the monks, the people will offer a requiem to their ancestors. People make merit such offerings as giving sand to the temple for construction or repair. Other forms of merit include releasing birds and fish. Nowadays, people also release other kinds of animals such as buffaloes and cows.
    • South Southerners have three Songkran rules: Work as little as possible and avoid spending money; not hurt other persons or animals: not tell lies.
    • North In the northern region of Thailand 13 April is celebrated with gunfire or firecrackers to repel bad luck. On the next day, people prepare food and useful things to offer to the monks at the temple. People have to go to temple to make merit and bathe Buddha's statue and after that they pour water on the hands of elders and ask for their blessings.
    • East The eastern region has activities similar to the other part of Thailand, but people in the east always make merit at the temple throughout all the days of the Songkran Festival. Some people, after making merit at the temple, prepare food to be given to the elderly members of their family.



March 2017

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February 2017

February 24, 2017 - Plagiarism Checking Tutorial.

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Makha Bucha Day

What is the purpose of the Buddhist religion?

Professor Richard Gombrich is the Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University and a member of the Oriental Institute and Balliol College.
He is the Founder and Director of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies as well as the General Editor of the Clay Sanskrit Library.
His note on the story of Buddhist religion appears at:

Makha Bucha Day (วันมาฆบูชา)

Makha Bucha Day is a Buddhist holiday, which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year. “Makha” is the Pali word for the third Lunar month, while “bucha” means to honor or to venerate. Since Makha Bucha is based on the lunar calendar, the date varies from year to year. This year Makha Bucha day is on 11 February 2017. 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.

Four special events happened:
1. There were 1,250 Sangha followers decided to come back to see Lord Buddha at Weluwan Wannaram without prior appointment after traveling around and teaching Buddhism.
2. All of them were “อรหันต์ Arhantas’, the Enlightened One, and all of them were ordained by the Buddha himself.
3. Because it was the first assembly of the large group of the Buddhist monk gathering therefore the Buddha gave those Arhantas the three principles of the Buddhism, called “The Ovadhapatimokha” which is considered the first constitution for all the laws of Buddhist monks from then until now.
4. It was the full moon day.

The 3 cores principles (the Ovadhapatimokha) are:
1. Refrain from commiting all kind of wickeness (ไม่ทำความชั่ว)
2. Be good and do good (ทำความดีทั้งทางกาย วาจา และใจ)
3. Purify the mind (ทำจิตใจให้บริสุทธิ์)

History: Thailand started celebrating Makha Bucha Day during the reign of King Rama IV, around 150 years ago. King Rama IV felt that Buddhist teachings were very important, recognising that Makha Bucha was one of the most remarkable events in Buddhist history. His Majesty therefore introduced the first celebration of Makha Bucha Day to his royal family members and courtiers. The celebration soon gained popularity among Siamese commoners.

Activities To Be Observed:

  • ทำบุญ/ tam-bun/: Making merit by going to temples for special observances, making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching, giving some donations and the other activities of the day include acts of merit such as freeing fish and birds.
  • รับศีล /ráp sĕen/: Keeping the Five Precepts*, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks and all kinds of immoral acts, including listening to teachings of Buddhism and the practice of meditation (nâng sà-maa-tí นั่งสมาธิ)
  • ตักบาตร /dtàk bàat/: Offering food to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl (บาตร /bàat/).
  • เวียนเทียน /wain tain/: Monks and other believers of the Buddhist philosophy hold candlelit processions with monks who also hold a sacred thread in a procession around the temple.Buddhists from across the cities throughout the country flock to temples to participate in these processions.


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