In the northern province of Uttaradit, the local Red Cross office and affiliated agencies provided food and necessities to nearly 150 female inmates to commemorate the auspicious occasion. Certificates were also given to inmates who had completed the drug rehabilitation program funded by the provincial body.
Residents in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai took part in a mass alms-making ceremony and Buddhist sermons as well as donated blood to mark the special day.
Authorities in the central province of Suphanburi invited members of the public to visit the Siam Tulip Festival which is being organized to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Over 200,000 flowers have been planted on a 20-rai plot of land as part of the festival, which commenced on July 20 and is running until the end of August.
In the South, the Songkhla provincial authorities hosted a ceremony to commemorate Mother’s Day, August 12, and Thai Women’s Day which falls on August 1 of every year. Over 1,500 people attended the event to celebrate Her Majesty’s economic and social achievements which paved the way for women across the nation to follow. Awards were given to outstanding mothers of the year within the province and projects from the local women groups were presented at the event.
In the capital, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration organized a mass merit-making ceremony, a day trip of 9 sacred temples in Bangkok and an exhibition of royally-initiated projects of Her Majesty in many districts.
Activities and projects conducted as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her birthday each year are meant to show Thai people’s gratitude to her as the Mother of the Land. Her Majesty has, on many occasions, expressed appreciation at good deeds conducted by the Thai people in celebration of her birthday, saying that they reflect the spirit of giving and dedication, as well as the unity of her subjects.