A portrait of two children (brother and sister) who live at the SOS Children's Villages Nongkhai, Thailand…
Christmas time is coming again we are willing to give some movement at SOS Childrens Village Nongkhai to you one more time,
A portrait of two children (brother and sister) who live at the SOS Children's Villages Nongkhai, Thailand
At Christmas time the village director at SOS Childrens Village Nongkhai has a message for a ll the supporters, here is an extract from that message, summing up the year in the village:
On Mothers Day, we celebrated on 12 August of every year, as it is the birthday of our the Majesty Queen SIRIKIT. For us; our SOS family; it is the most important day among the year. The day expresses itself on what the great SOS mothers have been dedicating their life to our children ,in the morning, the celebration starts with offering food to the Buddhist monks, in the afternoon children showed their performance on traditional music and dance, then mothers and children joined in fun-games together, then the children pay respect to their mother with the handmade jasmine or garland and express their love, (almost everyone tears flow at this moment) the highlight of this celebration was the children of each houses secretly prepared cooking and lighten a cake to surprise their Mothers, next in the evening, all the Thai people, include our SOS families celebrated our honest to the Queen by lighting the candle while singing a special song at same time all over Thailand.
On 14 October, children and mother joined in Naga Fireball Festival, along the Mekong River bank, in Phon Pisai district in Nongkhai province. There are also corresponding celebrations on the Lao side of the river, this year the Festivities run from 10 to 16 October as the important final days of the three-month Buddist Lent. The early morning we made a merit as North-Easthern region by offering sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves presented to Buddhist monks. In the evenings, during the festival week, people gather at the Mekong river bank for the Naga procession and cultural performance that reflect the rural local traditions. We could see Thousands of pink and red bursts of light that we call the Naga Fireballs rise into the night sky from the Mekong River. It happens only once a year, under the full moon of the 11th lunar month. It remains a mystery that never ceases, just what is the origin and nature of the fireballs that fly from the surface of the Mekong River high into the night sky for all to see? Some say it is an elaborate hoax, but the only way to find out is to travel to Nongkhai and check out river scene and the carnivals!!
A trip to Kalasin province, visited a Dinosaur Museum, on 25 October, we could see sensation and excitement of small kids on seeing such a spectacular thing.
Loy Kratong Day on 12 November, our aims is for our children learn and preserve Thai culture and tradition, as you may know that it is one of the most famous festivals in Thailand, we celebrate it on the Full-Moon Day of the 12th Lunar Month in order to offer thanks to the Goddess of the water. Loy means to float, we make Kratong as a lotus shaped from banana leaves and natural materials decorated with flowers, a candle, three joss-sticks. We lighted candles and joss sticks and making a wish then placed the Kratongs on the pond inside the Village. We believe that the Kratongs carry away suffering and bad luck as well as the wishes that have been made for the next year. At this event we promoted our children to wear in Thai traditional costume, small kids showed their special ability as junior angels on stage as we call The Nopamas Contest.
Please accept our thankfulness to your kind continuous support, wishing you being peace, love and fun in the New Year, May this year bring inspiration and happiness to you and your family. Yours sincerely, Mrs. Wantana Sethadej Mr. Wichan Kampinit Sponsorship Coordinator Village Director SOS Childrens Villages Thailand