Let’s begin our class by answering these questions. I would like you to take note in your study guide. Try to think for a few minutes, then pair up with your friend and share information to the class please.
Last week, I have shown you a couple of videos on Cambodia and I really like using video clip as we all know that a picture worth thousand word. Today I would like to begin the class by showing you this video clip produced by Thai people and of course language used is Thai. This means that you will not understand narration and song that appear in the video. Without knowing the language, I would like to see if you’re going to understand the message the video convey. Let’s look at the clip then
Now take your time to answer these questions. Take some note What do you think of the video? How does it make you feel? I would like you to think of the following questions, take some note for yourself. Then pair up with your neighbor and share some information and thought about the video. The video clip show a story of a girl who didn’t quite understand why a picture of one person was always hung on the wall of every house that she went. The girl asked her grandmother who the person was. She replied that the man in the picture was the living god and told her to ‘wai’ him. The grandmother went on telling the little girl how important he was. He helped his people by visiting rural areas and helping the poor. Therefore Thai people revere him with gratitude and loyalty. The story went on and you see at the end the girl graduated from a university and came back to her hometown. She kept her promise to the person whom she called ‘father’ by teaching people and help improve her community. So the picture hung on the walls was the King. What does the king have to do with Father’s day of Thailand?
In Thailand we look to our King as our “Father” and our Queen as our “Mother”. Father's Day is set as the birthday of the king. December 5 is the birthday of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). We even call him by another name, Por Luang. Por means father Luang means big So literally, Por Luang means ‘big father or big daddy’ Now can you guess what is mother’s day in Thailand?
HIS MAJESTY KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ of Thailand was born at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts, The United States of America, on Monday the 5th of December 1927, being the third and youngest child of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkhla . His name, Bhumibol Adulyadej, means "Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power".
His majesty King Bhumibol came to Thailand in 1928, after Prince Mahidol obtained a certificate in the Public Health programme at Harvard University. He briefly attended Mater Dei school in Bangkok b ut in 1 933 his mother took the family to Switzerland, where he continued his education at the university of Lausanne, Switzerland to study Science. However, the death of his elder brother King Ananda Mahidol in Bangkok on the 9th of June 1946, changed the course of his life completely. The Law of Succession bestowed on him as the Crown of Thailand. His Majesty decided to go back to Switzerland for another period of study, but this time in the subject of Political Science and Law in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government. In 1950, His Majesty returned to Thailand for the Coronation Ceremony which took place on the 5th of May.
His Majesty was crowned King of Thailand on 5 May 1950 at the Royal Palace in Bangkok where he pledged that he would "reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people" (" เราจะครองแผ่นดินโดยธรรม เพื่อประโยชน์สุขแห่งมหาชนชาวสยาม "). The date of his coronation is celebrated on the 5th of May in Thailand known as Coronation Day , a public holiday. On 9 June 2006, His Majesty celebrated his 60th anniversary as the King of Thailand, becoming the longest reigning monarch in Thai history . From the day His Majesty the King ascended the throne as King Rama IX, on 9 June 1946, to the present day, we have not been able to find words that can describe his immense kindness and compassion toward his Thai subjects.
The main concern of His Majesty is to improve the general well-being of the people. Evidence of this can be drawn from His Majesty the King's ceaseless efforts to visit his people in the rural areas. The aim of his Majesty's visits is to learn at first hand about the needs of his subjects. To gain such information, His Majesty has to travel many thousands of kilometers throughout the kingdom and, whenever possible, suggests ways to overcome the difficulties. These visits have led to the establishment of over 4,000 Royal and Royally-initiated projects located in every province of Thailand. They are implemented by the relevant agencies of the government after having been given advice and assistance by His Majesty.
His Majesty is an expert in water management therefore about 40% of the royal projects concerns development of water resource. Example of the royal project includes reservoir for irrigation purpose, royal artificial rain (take place in dry season when there’s not enough water for crops) and Monkey’s Cheek reservoir project. Other royal projects involve agriculture, environment, occupational promotion, public health, transportation/ communications, and public welfare.
This year His Majesty turns 84, the completion of the seventh 12-year cycle. For Thais, the 84th anniversary is considered an important milestone of life, deserving of special celebrations. Each year on His Majesty’s birthday, festivities are held throughout the Kingdom; lights decorate households, government offices, public places, and private businesses everywhere. Besides royal ceremonies, many activities in support of public charities are held to celebrate this important event. As part of His Majesty’s 84th birthday celebrations, the general public has been provided with a variety of celebrative performances free of charge at Sanam Luang and surrounding areas, from December 3 to 9
Think- Pair - ShareWhat does ‘father’ mean to you?How many fathers do you have?Do you know why is your father’s day onthe third Sunday of June?What do you do on father’s day?Do you have any official celebration onfather’s day?
Father’s Day of ThailandThe picture that appears in every house of ThailandNarration: ‘Dad....I promise that I’ll do my best in studying andonce I graduate, I’ll come back to do better things for ourhometown.’www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRLnM9rnnAQ
Think-Pair-Share Do you understand the message in the video? What was the video about? What was the message? What can you conclude from the video? Whose picture was it hanging on the wall of every house?
Thailand’s Father DayKing - Father, Queen - MotherKing’s birthday = Father’s dayKing Phumibol Adulyadeg(Rama IX)Por Luang, Por = father,Luang = bigPor Luang = Big father
King Bhumibol Adulyadejborn at the Mount Auburn Hospital,Cambridge, MA,December 5, 1927younger son of HRH Prince Mahidol ofSongkhlaBhumipol Adulyadej means‘Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power’
King Bhumibol AdulyadejCame to Thailand in 1928attended school in Bangkokleft Thailand to Switzerland in 1933By 1945 begun studying at theUniversity of Lausanne,SwitzerlandDeath of his elder brother KingAnanda mahidol on June 9, 1946
King Phumibol Adulyadejcrowned King of Thailand on May 5, 1950Pledged ‘reign with righteousness for thebenefit and happiness of the Siamesepeople’Coronation is celebrated on May 5, eachyearCoronation day = public holidayJune 9, 2006, celebration of his 60thanniversary as the king of Thailandthe longest reigning monarch in Thai history
His WorkConcern about the well-being ofthe peoplevisit his people in rural areaslearn at first had about people’sneedestablish over 4,000 royalprojects
Royal Projects40% of the project concernsdevelopment of water resource reservoir, royal artificial rain, Monkey’s cheek reservoir projectsAgriculture, environment,occupational promotion, publichealth,transportation/communications,public welfare and other projects
Father of Thai Peoplehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6u9bPXxFtk&feature=related Video: ปิดทองหลังพระ
How do we celebrate?85 years of agefestivities throughout the Kingdomlight candles at 7 pm and sing the ThaiRoyal Anthembeautiful lights on boats, restaurantsand government buildingsFireworks, concert, lanterns, light andsoundFestivities usually go for 3-5 days