Loving and generous

In a quiet corner of the third floor of my local shopping centre, Thai people have been gathering in groups for several months now. Together they sit quietly making Dararat flowers in preparation for the cremation of their much-loved King Rama IX  on 26 October at the end of a year of mourning. It is anticipated that millions of flowers will be made in towns and villages across the nation and sent to Bangkok for the funeral which will take place over five days.

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Different types of flowers, including  daffodils are folded and sculptured from corn leaves and banana leaves.

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Last week as I was walking past the preparation area, I noticed it was being shared by the Red Cross for their monthly blood collection at the shopping centre. Every time there is a collection day, shoppers and workers generously donate their time and blood in such a public area oblivious to the surroundings.

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During the year of mourning for the late king, school teachers and public servants have worn black as a sign of respect and buildings are still draped in traditional black and white satin ribbons. In contrast to their teachers, the uniforms worn by school children are colorful and worn with such pride. It is not unusual to see children wearing their uniforms on weekends because they love to be seen wearing them.

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This is a nation steeped in tradition for future generations to learn and respect.

 

 

 

Author: eastwinglifestyle.com

I am a great believer in natural health and healing and am constantly reminded of the ability that our bodies and minds have to heal. I am passionate about organic products and endeavour to use them in my daily life. Being a conservationist, I am concerned about the future of our planet. I am an advocate for world peace, equal rights for all and animal welfare. My hobbies include reading, writing, travel and engaging with people from all cultures and lifestyles. I strive to commit to daily exercise and most days I succeed and think that an occasional treat such as a small ice-cream or chocolate is perfectly fine. Family and friends are what I value most in life and I pride myself on my dedication and loyalty.

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