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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.


OVERTURES NEWS AND EVENTS 25 JUN 2017 SAMUI SAMUI MARATHON THANKS A special thank you goes to all of those who recently took part in the Bangkok Airways and Teelakow Company Limited’s sporting event, “Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2017: Samui Marathon,” which was an overwhelming success. Amidst the landscape of the beautiful Andaman Ocean, runners of different nationalities joined the event which took place at the in-demand tourist destination of Koh Samui. The unique marathon route was designed in a special way so that participants can see Samui in different perspectives – while running through the Fisherman Village and the city centre – and later, a chance to mingle with the locals and learn about the culture. 26 NOW- NOV 2017 This is still the moment the whole country of Thailand mourns for the loss of a beloved Father. The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned over the kingdom for over 70 years and passed away on October 13 of last year. In this period of grieving before His Majesty’s Royal Cremation and a final farewell this coming October, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Foundation holds a “In Remembrance of the Great King” exhibition. This is part of the “In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol: The Supreme Artist” project which recognises the late King’s remarkable artistic talents and His royal support and patronage of Thai arts. “In Remembrance of the Great King” features more than 160 rare artworks of different mediums by leading Thai artists of various generations as well BANGKOK SPOTLIGHT King of Hearts as precious collectibles relating to King Rama IX. Among these is a portrait painting titled “Phrabat Somdet Phra Poramintharamaha Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahitalathibet Ramathibodi Chakkrinaruebodin Sayamminthrathirat Borommanatbophit (Silver Jubilee, 1971)” by Thongchai Srisukprasert and another print, “Navamintraja No. 8, 2013” by Pinit Phantaprawat, an artist responsible for engraving King Rama IX’s portraits for banknote production. Curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Tawatchai Somkong and Sakchai Guy, “In Remembrance of the Great King” exhibition will be on display from now until 26 November, on the 8th Floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre., closed on Mondays, Tel: +66 (0) 2214 6630-8 If joining the Samui Marathon is still not enough, you can be part of the “Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2017 on the upcoming dates: September 24 – Chiang Rai Marathon, November 19 – Lanna Marathon (Chiang Mai) and lastly, December 8-10 – Ultra-Trail Panoramic (Mae Hong Son)., Tel: +66 (0) 92 979 8287 5 OCT 2017 BUDDHISTS OBSERVE THE END OF LENT Three months of the Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa comes to a finish on this full moon day. Called Awk Phansa, meaning the end of Buddhist Lent, monks can now go out of the temples and receive alms as usual. During the 3 months of Khao Phansa in the rainy season, they have to remain in the same place. The ‘rain retreat’ is the time where monks take the opportunity to practise more; more Buddhist teachings, more meditation and more studying. If you plan to visit some places in Southeast Asia around this time, 20-28 try heading over to Luang Prabang to experience the festival of lights on Awk Phansa, an occasion that’s beautiful and interesting in its uniqueness. Many handmade paper lanterns spread around homes and temple grounds. On the following day, it is worth watching fire boat processions when communities prepare their own little boats or krathongs, made of banana leaves decorated with flowers, candles and incense and floated along the Mekong River in the evening. Here’s to a lovely tradition! THAILAND MEAT-FREE FOOD & FEST 4-10 OCT 2017 OCT 2017 The observance of strongly held traditions from the Chinese communities has spread throughout the world with a legacy that still passes on to the next generation. The Vegetarian Festival or Thetsagan Gin Je is one of those. It began 400 years ago in China in remembrance of a group of warriors who defeated the Manchurians. Later, people marked their calendar each year to go meatless in the 9th month of the lunar calendar to commemorate the heroes. You can see yellow and red flag signals at a shop or street stall, meaning that their shop offers vegetarian and mock meat cuisine. Hundreds of thousands of people flock into Yaowarat or Bangkok’s Chinatown to experience a variety of vegetarian dishes from noodles to sweets, believing these 9 days and 9 nights being meat-free will cleanse their mind, spirit and body. Its popularity has swept to local restaurants and even food courts in department stores during the Vegetarian Festival. Even though the festival is held throughout Thailand, it is especially celebrated in Yaowarat, Pattaya, Trang, Krabi, Hat Yai and Phuket. The latter is considered the centre of Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival. But beware of extreme scenes if you’re faint of heart as some involve tongue piercing and puncturing of other body parts and other ghastly rituals. MOON SWEET MOON This is one of the most popular Chinese festivals and the time to commemorate the birthday of a revolutionary hero who was born on a full moon some 3,000 years ago in history. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated among Chinese communities everywhere in the world. It is the time for families to spend the good times together and enjoy the special sweet treat of a ‘Moon Cake’. It’s always a delight to find different colours and filling flavours of these cakes; ranging from durian, roasted chestnuts, coffee, green tea, or even peculiar ones like peanut butter and ginseng. In Hong Kong, it is a perfect time to try the hairy crab which is a favoured Chinese delicacy during this season and accompanied by Chinese wine or ginger tea. You can also go out at night to witness the biggest and roundest moon and join the parade of luminous lights and lanterns in major Chinese cities like Hong Kong and Singapore. 16 17

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