Special Events & Holidays

Holidays and Events of the Local Area

Family Reunion Picnic in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica

– My Father’s Hometown –  St. Elizabeth – Jamaica – On our last day in Saint Elizabeth, and the day after the reunion banquet I drove my family up the long steep road into the Santa Cruz mountains where my father and his twelve siblings once lived.  We had a very large mini-bus and the road was very narrow, but since there is more than one path up, we drove on what we heard would be…

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Smile Party #6 Chiang Mai 2013

-December 5th, Father’s Day – The King’s Birthday- On what I thought was my last week in Chiang Mai, I found out about the Smile Party, an open air reggae/rock concert being held at Lake Huay Tueng Thao.  It was scheduled for Dec. 4th, the night before the King’s birthday. December the 5th is most commonly known as Father’s Day .  His Majesty King Buhmibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthdays are National Holidays in…

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Loi Krathong and Yee Peng Ceremony 2013

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. ~Khalil Gibran Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง), sometimes spelled Loy Kratong or Loi Kratong, is a colorful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar calendar. In 2013, the full moon was on Sunday, November 17th, but in many areas throughout Thailand…

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Yee Peng Ceremony – 2013

Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง), sometimes spelled Loy Kratong or Loi Kratong, is a colorful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar calendar. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the largest Loi Krathong festival in Northern Thailand. The Yee Peng Lantern Ceremony was held at Mae Jo University just outside of Chiang Mai.  At dusk, just when the ceremony was beginning I managed to catch some video of the…

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