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Chakri Dynasty commemorated on April 6

Banks and businesses to close in observance of holiday

Chakri Day (April 6) was first instituted by H.M. King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in the year 1919 to commemorate all the Kings in the Chakri Dynasty, which started with Rama I and continues to this day with Rama IX, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

The reigning Kings in the House of Chakri brought peace and tranquility to the people within Thailand’s borders and successfully protected the Kingdom, maintaining sovereignty and integrity through crucial periods threatened by European colonization and two World Wars.

In commemorating “Chakri Day” the national flag is proudly displayed by the people of Thailand and traditional ceremonies are held for government officials and members of the community, making offerings of flowers and garlands at the many statues of Kings in the House of Chakri.

The Chakri Dynasty, or the “House of Chakri” followed the reign of King Taksin the Great, when He abdicated due to poor health.  The Chakri Dynasty was ushered in on 6 April 1782 when a close aid of King Taksin, General Chakri, marched back into Thonburi and assumed the throne as H.M. King Buddhayodfa the Great. Each Monarch thereafter has had “Rama” as part of their title.

Banks, government offices and most business offices will close on Friday, April 6 in observance of this special day.

Chakri Dynasty - Chronology of the present-day
Dynasty of Thailand

King Buddhayodfa the Great (Rama I)

The first King of the Chakri Dynasty moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok and built the Grand Palace that houses the Emerald Buddha. Helped release Thailand from Burmese control after Ayuthaya succumbed 14 years earlier.

King Buddhaloetla (Rama II)

The first great poet king of the Chakri Dynasty, renowned for his literature.

King Nangklao (Rama III)

Extensively encouraged international trading and education, enhanced promotion of Buddhism and built many temples.

King Mongkut (Rama IV)

Modernized Thailand in both commerce and education.  Known as the “Father of Thai Scientists” and famous for his astrology.

King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V)

One of the most beloved and revered kings, He abolished slavery, extensively contacted the Western world, modernized the government, education, transportation, and communication.  His diplomacy skills saved Thailand from being colonized during the colonial period.

King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)

A great poet king.  Continued the work of Rama V in modernizing Thailand.  Promoted education and established the Boy Scouts in Thailand.

King Prajadhipok (Rama VII)

On April 6, 1932 the country celebrated the sesquicentenary of the Chakri Dynasty - months later on December 10, 1932 King Prajadhipok granted a constitution to the Thai people, and the Constitutional Monarchy of the present day was born.

King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII)

A direct grandson of King Rama V, King Ananda Mahidol was the eldest son and second child of H.R.H. Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla. He succeeded his uncle, King Prajadhipok, as King on March 2, 1935.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)

A true monarch of the people and guiding light for the whole Thai nation. Saved Thailand from many crises, dedicated to raising the living standards of the poor, especially in remote regions.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X)

Recognized for his tireless efforts to follow in the royal footsteps of HM the late King and HM the Queen in promoting the well-being of Thai people by visiting people in various regions to listen to their problems. His Majesty has gained in-depth experiences in many fields and has provided his initiatives for the benefits and happiness of the people and prosperity and security to the country.

A most happy birthday to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

The entire Chiang Mai Mail staff joins the Kingdom of Thailand in humbly wishing HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a long, healthy and happy life on this occasion of the Royal Anniversary of Her Birth. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

The Kingdom of Thailand on April 2 celebrates the most auspicious occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 63rd birthday. We at the Chiang Mai Mail join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2, 1955, the third child of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit, and the younger sister of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

HRH the Princess holds honorary degrees in Geography, Chinese Studies of Humane Letters, Agriculture, Botany, Chinese, Pharmacy, Information Technology, Rural Technology, Public Health, Humane Letters, Regional Development Strategies, Environmental Science, Veterinary Medicine, Physics, and Laws.

In addition, HRH the Princess presides over ceremonies as well as other social and charity functions all through the year.

In addition to her knowledge of Pali, Sanskrit and Cambodian, HRH the Princess is communicative in both English and French and has been learning Chinese, German and Latin.

Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Chiang Mai Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a most happy birthday on April 5. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit, and the older sister of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to assist autistic children in Thailand.

In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film “Where The Miracle Happens”.

HRH Princess Ubolratana has also shown a keen interest in the way Thailand is being promoted by the TAT, and regularly attends the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana graciously donated two million baht in cash and a number of blankets to aid disaster victims of a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Chiang Mai Youth Cultural Exchange students to perform in Stockholm and Minnesota

Miss Panisara Wongsri performing the northern traditional ‘Ram Kan Dok’

 The Thai-Chiangmai Cultural Exchange Centre organized a grand rehearsal and blessing ceremony on April 1 for Youth Cultural Exchange Students batch 10, who will all be traveling to Stockholm, Sweden and Minnesota, USA from April 11 until May 12, 2018.

Deputy Governor Prajuab Kantiya, presided over the event held at Kad Suan Kaew where he presented certificates and gave the children his blessings. Provincial education executives, school directors, members of the Cultural Promotion Division, parents of the students and hundreds of well-wishers were present at the auspicious occasion.

The children performed Chud Chui Chai Kingmai Thong and Berk Fa Nasiam Hit Hoi Lanna dances including the Songkran Ban Hao and other traditional Lanna dances.

The very much respected Dr. Chao Duang Duan Na Chiangmai was also present and gave her blessings to the children and tied sacred thread around their wrists.

Amongst the talented children selected to represent Thailand was Panisara Wongsri, daughter of Peerasan Wongsri, director of the Chiang Mai Mail, who will perform the northern ‘Ram Kan Dok’ dance and the northeastern ‘Kun Truem’ dance during the international tour.

Miss Panisara Wongsri dances the north eastern ‘Kun Truem’

‘Kun Truem’ is a lively rhythmic dance accompanied by the traditional Thai fiddle and drums.

Panisara proudly receives her certificate of achievement.

A group picture of all the participants together with their teachers.

Miss Napassawan Sittawibool performs the part Phra Ram from the Ramayana epic.

The children perform the traditional dances with grace and beauty.

This dance depicts the life style of the Lanna people.

Phra Ram played by Miss Napassawan Sittawibool chases the golden deer played by Miss Kamonchanok Sukpaona)

Thanyaporn Juntrakoon, Chairman of the Thai-Chang Mai Cultural Centre ties the auspicious sacred thread on Panisara’s wrist with blessings for a safe and successful journey overseas, bringing pride to her family and country.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chakri Dynasty commemorated on April 6

A most happy birthday to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Chiang Mai Youth Cultural Exchange students to perform in Stockholm and Minnesota


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