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Happy times are here again
- Published: 2 Dec 2010 at 08.43
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People are tired of politics and controversial court decisions, so the celebrations for the King's 83rd birthday provides a good excuse to think about more pleasant things.
Thongchai ‘‘Bird’’ McIntyre, in dark tuxedo, sings in honour of His Majesty the King during the opening ceremony yesterday of the nine days of celebration to mark His Majesty’s 83rd birthday on Sunday. THITI WANNAMONTHA
Happy times are here again
Fireworks light up the night sky over the Royal Plaza. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD
All of a sudden the mood here in Bangkok and throughout much of the country has changed.
People are tired of politics and controversial court decisions and the celebrations for His Majesty the King's 83rd birthday gives them a good excuse to think about more pleasant things.
The official festival kicked off yesterday and will run until next Thursday during which state agencies, the private sector and people of all groups and religions are taking part in the celebration activities nationwide. This year’s theme is "Our Land".
In the capital, the key sites of festivities, where a wide range of activities are held daily from 5pm to midnight, include the Royal Plaza, Si Ayutthaya Road, Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, the area in front of the Supreme Court and the Siriraj Hospital compound.
The Royal Plaza accommodates exhibitions and government organisation shops from all 20 ministries while Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue hosts exhibition booths and shops decorated in the local architecture of each region.
Eighteen provinces in all regions are taking part in the celebration activities on this road.
Private companies and state enterprises are joining the celebrations on Si Ayutthaya Road. They have opened a shop and exhibition booths.
Youngsters in traditional costumes wear smiley-face masks for His Majesty's celebration parade in Bangkok yesterday. CHANAT KATANYU
Local communities from 50 districts in Bangkok are also setting up booths and shops on Si Ayutthaya Road.
The celebrations begin each day with 84 monks making their rounds at the Royal Plaza to receive alms from the public.
The main exhibition, "Thai Culture under His Majesty", has been organised near the main stage at the Royal Plaza.
The Royal Household Bureau has announced that Their Majesties the King and Queen are to grant an audience to cabinet ministers, members of parliament, the armed forces leaders and other dignitaries at Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall at the Grand Palace at 10.30am this Sunday.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post
mood – the way you feel at a particular time อารมณ์
controversial – causing disagreement ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
celebration – a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday or a religious holiday การฉลอง
excuse – a reason that you give to explain why you have done something (often something bad), or why you have not done something that you should have done ข้ออ้าง, ข้อแก้ตัว
festival – an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity เทศกาล
kick off – to begin an event; to launch เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
state – government รัฐบาล
private sector – businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government ภาคเอกชน
nationwide – throughout a whole country ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
theme – the main subject of something ใจความสำคัญ, ประเด็นหลัก
key – most important ที่สำคัญ
site – a place where something is located สถานที่
festivities – the parties, meals and other social activities with which people celebrate a special occasion การเฉลิมฉลอง
range – a number of different things that are of the same general type ประเภท, ขอบข่าย
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
accommodate – to provide enough space for something or someone จัดที่ให้
exhibition – a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
ministry – a government department that has a particular area of responsibility กระทรวง
booth – a small tent or temporary structure at a market, an exhibition or a fairground, where you can buy things, get information or watch something แผงลอย,ห้องเล็ก, บูธ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
architecture – a particular style or way of designing buildings สถาปัตยกรรม, รูปแบบการก่อสร้าง
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
alms – food, money, and other items that are given to Buddhist monks; money, clothes and food that are given to poor people ของทำบุญ, ของตักบาต, เครื่องสังฆทาน, สิ่งของที่ถวาย ของบริจาค
give alms – to give food, money, and other items to Buddhist monks ทำบุญ ตักบาตร, ให้เป็นทาน
stage – a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, etc. perform เวที
grant an audience – (of a king or queen) to allow a meeting to be held with the ruler พระราชทานพระราชวโรกาสให้พสกนิกร หรือข้าราชการเข้าเฝ้าทูลละอองธุลีพระบาม
cabinet ministers – government ministers who meet as a group (the cabinet) to make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
dignitary – a person who has an important official position บุคคลที่มีตำแหน่งสูง, ผู้มีฐานะสูงส่ง
throne – a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies ราชบัลลังก์