Saturday 5th December 2009 is the 82nd Birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning constitutional monarch of Thailand. It is also Father’s Day in Thailand and a National Holiday. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on the 5th December 1927 and became King of Thailand on the 9th June 1946, becoming the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty. The Coronation ceremony was held on the 5th May 1950. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest serving monarch on the throne of Thailand.
Loy Krathong is a nationwide Thai Festival. Loy Krathong begins on the full moon night of the 12th Lunar month which usually occurs in November. Loy means “to float” and a Krathong is a banana leaf cup. The first Loy Krathong festival was held in Sukhothai in the 13th Century but is now celebrated throughout
The Maejo Sky Lanterns Festival heralds the beginning of Loy Krathong. Between 5 and 10,000 sky lanterns are simultaneously released creating an amazing spectacle. Sky Lanterns or Khom Loy (floating lanterns) are made from paper and originated in China a thousand years ago. Thai people believe that by releasing the Khom Loy, their bad luck