Joining Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit will turn 82 on 12 August 2014. Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited members of the public to join various celebrative activities to mark Her Majesty’s 82nd birthday anniversary.

The activities will be organized at the Royal Plaza and the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok from 9 to 12 August.

General Prayut said that, from 12 August 2014 to 12 August 2016, a Buddha image to commemorate Her Majesty’s seventh cycle, or 84th, birthday anniversary will be built. Blessings will be chanted and Dhamma practices will be held at various temples nationwide from 8 to 12 August.

An exhibition and other activities in honor of Her Majesty will take place at the Ambara Gardens and the Royal Plaza on 9-10 August. On 10-11 August, there will be musical performances and film screenings, also at the Royal Plaza. A candle-lit tribute paying ceremony will be held at 19.29 hr on 12 August at Sanam Luang. The ceremony will also be held simultaneously in the provinces.

Meanwhile, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai province is joining the celebrations of Her Majesty’s birthday. It allows students to visit the Garden with free admission throughout August 2014.

Situated on a forest area of 2,600 acres on the edge of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Mae Rim district, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden was established by the Botanical Garden Organization, which was set up in 1992, coinciding with the 60th birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. It is designed to meet world-class standards in rendering services concerning biodiversity and environmental conservation. Another objective is to provide a recreational place for the public to enjoy and learn more about their “green heritage.”

In 1994, the Botanical Garden Organization received a great honor from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit when she granted royal permission to name this garden after Her Majesty. Originally it was under the Prime Minister’s Office, but now it is under the supervision of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Recognized as the oldest and foremost botanical garden in Thailand, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden comprises modern layouts and facilities. For instance, in the glasshouse complex, visitors may enjoy displays of plants from tropical rainforests. Computerized temperature control ensures that all plants thrive in a suitable environment. Conservation projects also include work with endangered native Thai orchids and palms.

The garden has an integrated program of research and education, aimed at putting its work in a global perspective, as well. A plan has been formulated to turn Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden into a leading garden in Southeast Asia by 2017.

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