Germans celebrate Day of Unity in Bangkok

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Germans in Thailand celebrated the country’s Day of Unity at a grand event in Bangkok.

The Oct. 3 event commemorated the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 and the anniversary for the re-founding of the five states Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringen.

Ambassador Rolf Schulze and his wife Petronella welcomed the guests to the Hyatt Erawan Hotel. A buffet featured German and Thai food and German wine.

The Brandenburger door is sculptured in ice.The Brandenburger door is sculptured in ice.

In his annual speech, Schulze noted the many years of good relations between Germany and Thailand and assured guests that recent elections in German won’t change that. He said a trade agreement between the two nations is in progress.

Germany remains Thailand’s largest trading partner in the European Union and more than 700,000 Germans visit the kingdom each year, he said.

The European nation also has begun a new initiative to train Thai youths in German companies. Many German companies in Thailand are specialized in renewable energy, with help from the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, he said.

After Schulze’s toast to HM the King, Napat Mingniwun, a Thai opera singer, sang the Thai anthem. A toast to the German President followed as well as the singing of the German national anthem by Greek Mariangela Chtzistamatiou, who teaches music at the Mahidol University in Bangkok.

German ambassador Rolf Schulze welcomes the guests.German ambassador Rolf Schulze welcomes the guests.

Members of the German Embassy are waiting for the guests.Members of the German Embassy are waiting for the guests.

Pictures are taken during the end of the ceremony.Pictures are taken during the end of the ceremony.