Chinese New Monkey Year in Pictures

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Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.
Pictures of Celebrations on several places on the world.

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Prayers across Asean borders to welcome new year

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Dubbed “Asean prayers”, the campaign aims to boost Thailand’s ties with neighbouring countries through friendly exchanges via the religious dimension, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat said yesterday. This is the first time the Religious Affairs Department has extended this New Year activity to the border provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Tak, Loei, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Sa Kaew, Surin, Ranong and Songkhla, he said.

In Central Thailand, traditional prayers will be held on New Year’s Eve at several renowned temples, including Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangalaram (Wat Pho), Wat Sraket Rajavaramahavihara (Golden Mount) and Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, he added.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Pol General Dechnarong Suticharnbancha yesterday inspected police and related officials’ preparedness at four key New Year countdown venues in Bangkok.

He said some 4,000 policemen would be deployed to provide security at the most popular countdown site in Bangkok, the CentralWorld Plaza, where some 200,000 partygoers are expected to show up. Early on New Year’s Eve, the area will be cleared of roadside stalls, and before midnight a bomb squad will be on hand to provide security.

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About 10,000 city law enforcers and police will be patrolling 11 sites across Bangkok and manning 18 metal-detector entrance points, he added.

Eye on road accidents

The beginning of the so-called “seven dangerous days” of road accidents yesterday saw Interior Ministry permanent secretary Krissada Boonrat preside over the opening of a Road Safety Centre at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. The centre will monitor road accidents and provide daily updates until January 5.

Public opinion is being sought over the policy of police and the Peace and Order Maintaining Command to temporarily seize cars and motorcycles from drunk drivers, which has been operating since Christmas Day.

A Suan Dusit Poll said yesterday that 80.47 per cent of 1,280 people surveyed from December 24 to 28 agreed with the measure on grounds that it would prevent road accidents, serve as a punishment and as a warning to motorists to abide by traffic laws. About 13 per cent disagreed with the policy, and suggested that fines and prison sentences be imposed, and alcohol-beverage selling outlets be dealt with as the root of the problem.

In the Northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, a provincial transport office added another 100 bus trips to its 300-strong daily service yesterday and today, to serve an expected 20,000 holidaymakers. It also conducted alcohol breathalyser tests on bus drivers and checked their buses. Traffic volume on Mitraparp Highway heading towards Nakhon Ratchasima also rose yesterday, but cars were moving at an average speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour.

Source: The Nation.com

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Loy Krathong and Candle Festival in Thailand

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Loy Krathong (Yi Peng) & Candle Festival in Thailand
21-25 November 2015

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The Festival of Lights is celebrated all around Thailand with Loi Krathongs (lotus-shaped receptacles) released on water to bring luck and fulfill wishes. In Chiang Mai, the observation of the festival of lights, called Yi Peng, is uniquely different. Instead of water vessel, Chiang Mai people release thousand of lighted lanterns in the sky while making a wish. The sky transforms itself in a wonderful and surreal sea of little lanterns floating away. The spectacle is mesmerizing.

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The local celebration of Yi Peng in Chiang Mai is a religious ceremony in Thai language paying homage to the Buddha. The exact date is not announced and is know only a few weeks in advance. A second lantern release specially catered for foreign tourists is held usually one week after the traditional celebration for a fee of 100USD. For the international Yi Peng, the ceremony is in English and the organizer provides lanterns, seating mat, dinner.

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During the week end, many events will be held in the city of Chiang Mai: traditional Thai dance, Grand Yi Peng Parade,beauty pageants, fireworks, decorations in the old city… Traditional Lanna dance featuring women with long golden fingernails dancing in synchronized movements is one of the event to catch.

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Emirates has announced four new weekly flights between Phuket and Dubai starting on December 1.

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Emirates to launch additional Phuket flights

Emirates has announced four new weekly flights between Phuket and Dubai starting on December 1. Adding a capacity increase of 57 per cent, the four new flights will introduce connectivity from most cities in the Americas for the first time, as well as improve connections to a number of key destinations in Europe and the Middle East via one convenient stop in Dubai. “Since the launch of our flights to Phuket in 2012, the demand has increased dramatically. The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the wish of passengers to travel with Emirates,” noted Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

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Seafood sensations

Cha-Am Beach in Phetchaburi adds spice to your life next month as it hosts the “Shell Eating, Bird Seeing and Squid Angling Festival” from September 12 to 19. A trip to Cha-Am during this popular seafood festival usually means chilling out at the beachside restaurants of your choice and breaking your diet with barbecued squid, spicy seafood soup, steamed red snapper and more. Check out the hotel booths for fancy menus and fusion food.

Connecting Kazakhstan

Bangkok Airways has entered into a new codeshare agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan-based Air Astana, increasing its code share partners. The partnership is set to link Air Astana’s passengers with Thailand’s most renowned beach destinations and will seamlessly enable Air Astana passengers to connect with Samui, Phuket and Krabi. Air Astana customers travelling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s check-through service, lounge access and in-flight meal. All Air Astana’s passengers on Bangkok Airways flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connection with their destination.

Feeding the hungry ghosts

Thingkrajard Festival returns to Suphan Buri province from Monday through September 4. This annual festival, which draws on Chinese traditions, aims to feed the hungry ghosts and wandering spirits of the underworld. There’s nothing spooky about it though and thousands of visitors turn out every year to enjoy the colourful parade and Chinese cultural show.

Source: The Nation

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