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Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand

(6 May 1923 – 2 January 2008) was a Princess of Thailand and the elder sister of King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). She was also a direct granddaughter of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

Funeral Temple of Princess Galyani Vadhana

The ceremonies for the Princess, the full mourning period runs from 13th to 19th November. After the mourning is over, the funeral temple, temporarily constructed at Sanam Luang by the Grand Palace after months of work by hundreds of craftsmen, will be demolished. Onlookers can only see the temple from the pavement that runs around the oval parade ground, as it is shut to the public.

Thousands of mourners turned out to watch the ceremony, which came a day after more than 100,000 Thais attended the lavish US$8.9 million (S$13.5 million) cremation of the princess, the elder sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On Saturday 15, 3 processions (from the royal throne hall, where she had lain in state for 10 months) were composed of 3,294 soldiers, flanked by conch shell-blowers, drummers and musicians. Two of the processions involved Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan, an 18th century, seven metric ton palanquin carried by 60 men. The two-century-old sweet-smelling sandalwood golden teak urn hold Galyani’s remains in upright position, on top of an elaborately decorated 14-ton golden carriage Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot.

Both dressed in white ceremonial dress, Maha Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand and Somchai Wongsawat, inter alia, took part in the procession, in Sanam Luang parade ground. In Uttaradit, black-dressed Thais flocked to the royally-sponsored Wat Klong Poh in the provincial sea to place 400,000 sandalwood flowers at the crematorium. At 10 pm Saturday, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will, with the help of a hydraulic tappet, set light to a 40m (130ft) high funeral pyre, modeled on Mount Meru. The $5.7m (£3.8m) temporary royal crematorium, a complex of pavilions, constructed on the Sanam Luang parade ground 7 months, had been lavishly decorated with flowers, garlands and carved banana stalks. Soldiers pulled the royal chariot carrying the funeral urn slowly past the Grand Palace to Sanam Luang, as Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Sirindhorn followed, paying final respects to their aunt. After the cremation, the funeral buildings will be torn down, as reminders of a beloved royal’s death. Galyani’s spirit will then return home to Mount Meru, where all deities eternally live, per Hindu beliefs.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s only sister, Princess Wattana, who died from cancer in January at age 84, is mourned by millions in Thailand.

The elaborate funeral, nearly a year in the making, involves thousands of soldiers in dress uniform and a gilded, ornate crematorium.

This majestic tribute, Thais believe, befits the princess’ place in the revered monarchy.

The king and queen will preside over the actual cremation in a private ceremony.

Thousands of people came, bearing offerings of sandalwood, and lining up to pay their final respects. Those who were not able to be at Sanam Luang will have an opportunity to pay their respects at monasteries around the country.

A group of women had journeyed from Chumpon Province in the south on an overnight trip to attend the funeral.

One of the woman said: “I loved the princess because she was down-to-earth… I came to lay sandalwood flowers below her portrait.”

A member of the public said: “She worked very hard for people, so that made me want to attend this funeral… to pay a final tribute.”

Another said: “As a Thai, I am proud of the small part I can play by coming to her funeral.”
Is the first full royal funeral since 1996, when the king’s mother Srinagarindra was cremated. It had been performed for only four royals in Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 62-year reign. A rare glimpse of the pageantry of the House of Chakri, the royal funeral tradition dated back to Ayuthaya period is influenced by 1,000-year-old India’s Hindu traditions that treat kings as incarnations or descendants of deities and Buddhism’s merit-making ceremonies. The 6-day funeral ceremony and ritual officially started on Friday November 14, 2008, at the Grand Palace, and terminates on November 19 when Galyani’s ashes will be transferred to a nearby temple.

Posted by Evgo

Thai Tea – Cha Yen

17 of November 2008

How to make Thai tea

Thai Tea – Cha Yen

Thai iced tea is very simple to make Thai Tea is a real favorite in Thailand. When you buy Thai Tea on the street, you normally get it in a small plastic bag with a straw.

There are two styles of Thai iced tea: with or without milk. Tea with milk is called cha yen. Tea without milk is called cha dum yen.

You will see small coffee/tea shops sprinkled all over Thailand. However, unlike in the US or Europe, Thai people like their iced tea on the go and take it with them in a small plastic bag with a straw sticking out. Very few people sit at the shop and drink it leisurely. In fact, many shops have no place to sit. You can find Thai Tea at Asian Supermarket: Thai tea seasoning mixed: It’s very easy to make just like you find in Thailand,

Thai tea

Cold Thai Tea – Cha Yen

1 Serving

1-2 tablespoons thai tea seasoning mixed

1 tablespoon Sweet condensed milk

1 table spoon Sugar

1 teaspoon milk

1 cup hot water

Add sugar and sweet condensed milk to a glass or cup. Put one tablespoon of Thai tea to a tea sock. Place the tea sock directly above the glass. Pour hot water into the tea sock. Set the tea sock aside. Stir until the sugar and sweet condensed milk are dissolved. Add Ice and top the tea with milk.
Good luck 🙂

Written by La (Salisa)

Loy Krathong Festival

12 of November 2008

Full Moon 12th Lunar month, Loy Krathong (called Yi Peng in the north), the most romantic night on the Thai calendar, this year falls on Wednesday, November 12.

Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok

Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok

Loy Krathong, the “festival of lights” on the full moon of November. This is one of the Kingdom’s oldest and best-preserved traditions. Loy Krathong mean “flotaing Krathongs.” This is an offering to mother of water to ask her to forgive us for polluting the water. Krathong is a little cup shaped like a lotus flower, each with a candle and incense stick inside. The river-based culture that forms the foundation of the traditional Thai way of life, it is widely believed that these are offerings made to Mae Khongkha – Mother of Waters in an act of appeasement. Made of banana leaves, and decorated with incense and candles, thousands of these beautiful boats light up the night.Coins are also placed in the krathong as offerings. The most beautiful sights are at the Bang Sai Arts & Crafts Centre near Ayutthaya, and in the ruins of Sukhothai, the first Thai capital, where the festival is supposed to have originated. Many also believe that by setting adrift the krathong, one symbollically casts away one’s grief, misery and ill-fortunes. Loi Krathong is the time to make wishes for happiness together and success in love.

Loy Krathong in Chiang May

Loy Krathong in Chiang May

The Thai believe their misfortunes float away with the lanterns. Thousands of Yee Peng, candlelit floating lanterns, were released in Thailand on the full moon, 12th Lunar month of November. Loi Krathong customs and traditions reflect local beliefs and cultural evolution and interesting regional variations can be seen. In Tak province, the banana-leaf floats are replaced by coconut shells which are threaded together and launched simultaneously so they appear as long chains of hundreds of glittering lights on the Ping River, hence the origin of its name, “Loi Krathong Sai”. It’s believed that krathongs can carry away sins or bad luck, and represent the time to start the coming new year with hope of being joyful one and all sufferings are floated away with the krathong.

Posted by Evgo