Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Your Thai Majesty

Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit is 77 years old today, and anyone who's ever been to Thailand will know this is a "big deal". Royal birthdays and funerals are treated with far more respect than they are over here. Last time I went to Thailand the King's sister, the Princess of Narathiwat, had passed away 4 months previously. They still had shrines up for her. That's how much respect they give their royalty. So in keeping with this I thought I'd post the Royal Anthem, mostly known from trips to the Siam Paragon cinema where one has to stand when the anthem is played. Plus you get to give a really mean look at silly newbie tourists who don't know the drill and sit through it (and promptly get harassed by the previously wonderful cinema attendants). "In your face you silly farang" you think proudly as you try to get the duvet untangled from your feet whilst trying not to be disrespectful. Yes... they have duvets in the Siam Paragon cinema Deluxe screen. It's quite nice. :p

The only problem I have with this video is that in the cinema version I saw the first time I went to Thailand (if not the second) it had the Gods bowing down to His Majesty the King. That was fun. ;)

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