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Royal Flora Ratchapruek Event To Honor H.m. The King On His 82nd Birthday

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Royal Flora Ratchapruek event to honor H.M. the King on his 82nd birthday

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(From left) Theera Wongsamut, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Amornpan Nimanant, Chiang Mai’s Governor, Chumphol Silpa-archa, Minister of Tourism and Sports announce the Royal Ratchapruek 2009 event in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 82nd birthday.

By Nopniwat Krailerg

The Royal Flora Ratchapruek in Chiang Mai is holding an 11 day event to honor H.M. the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 82nd birthday. Beginning November 30 and running through to December 10, the event will feature open air stage performances every evening from 6 p.m. concluding with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

The event, which is hosted in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Chiang Mai, will highlight the botanical gardens with displays of plants from 13 countries including Malaysia, Japan, Netherlands, Morocco, Kenya, Sudan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and South Africa and 11 Thai organizations; exhibits on the King’s royal activities, the Ministry of Agriculture’s works; agricultural, entertainment, tourism activities, such as the display of technological methods of growing garden plants, demonstration of handicrafts making, and sales of Royal Project and OTOP products.

The event will open with a ceremony releasing 999 lanterns and a parade in honor of H.M. the King on November 30 and on December 5, a fireworks show featuring 999 fireworks will wow crowds who come to wish H.M. the King well on his birthday.

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-- Chiang Mai Mail 2009/12/01

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According to all reports, this event is still scheduled to run.

Tuesday December 1

6 pm to 9:45 pm

Musical performance from the four regions of the kingdom

The Chiang Mai College of Dramatic Arts performs Lanna or Northern Thai music; the Suphan Buri College of Dramatic Arts performs Thai folk music; the Kalasin College of Dramatic Arts performs the music of Isaan; and the Patthalung College of Dramatic Arts presents music from the Southern region.

9:45 pm to 10 pm. Fireworks display

Wednesday, December 2

6 pm to 9:45 pm Folk performances from the four regions

9:45 pm to 10 pm. Fireworks display

Thursday, December 3

6 pm to 9:45 pm Thai Folk Music Festival featuring Thai folk music from the Northern and Central Region

9:45 pm to 10 pm Fireworks display

Friday December 4

6 pm to 9:45 pm. Thai Folk Music Festival featuring Thai folk music from the Northeastern and Southern Region

9:45 pm 10 pm. Fireworks display

Saturday, December 5

6 pm to 9:45 pm. Candle-lighting ceremony in honour of His Majesty the King, 999 fireworks, and concert by The star

9:45 pm to 10 pm. Fireworks display

Sunday, December 6

6 pm to 9:45 pm. Folk Music Festival and Contest – Schools VS Universities

9:45 pm to 10 pm. Fireworks display

Monday, December 7

6 pm to 9:45 pm. Lanna Music Festival featuring contemporary music, an orchestra and Lanna folk songs

Nop Buri Sri Nakhon Ping Chiang Mai Light-and-sound performance

9:45 pm to 10 pm Fireworks display

Tuesday, December 8

6 pm to 9:45 pm Khon masked dance performance (Maleewarat Wa Kwam Ramratchakriwong) presented by the College of Dramatic Arts in Chiang Mai, Lop Buri and Ang Thong with guest artists from the Department of Fine Arts

9:45 pm to 10 pm Fireworks display

Wednesday, December 9

6 pm to 9:45 pm Popular Thai songs by Bangkok Xylophone

Nop Buri Sri Nakhon Ping Chiang Mai Light-and-sound performance

Popular Thai songs by Boy Thai

9:45 to 10 pm. Fireworks display

Thursday, December 10

6 pm to 9:45 pm Nop Buri Sri Nakhon Ping Chiang Mai Light-and-sound performance

International Cultural Festival with performances from China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand

International Drum Festival with presentations by Thailand, South Korea, China and Japan

9:45 to 10 pm. Fireworks display

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