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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Birthday Marks Thailand’s National Heritage Preservation Day

April 3, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1490211842pCultural activities have been held in many provinces in observance of Thailand’s National Heritage Preservation Day, 2 April, which also marks the birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
The activities aim to underline the importance of arts and culture, which reflect multiple facets of the Thai identity. They are also intended to encourage the people to take pride in Thai cultural heritage and participate in preserving it.

On 26 February 1985, the Government announced 2 April, the birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, “National Heritage Preservation Day,” in recognition of her long-standing interest in Thai arts and culture and support for the preservation of Thai heritage. Later, in 1988, Her Royal Highness was presented with the title of “Supreme Patroness of Thai Cultural Heritage.”

On 24 February 2003, the National Culture Commission presented her with the title of “Wisit Sinlapin,” meaning that Her Royal Highness has wide-ranging talents in many artistic fields. She has also contributed to national arts and culture and supported Thai artists.

Born in 1955, Her Royal Highness is the third child and second daughter of Their Majesties the King and Queen. She has followed in the footsteps of His Majesty the King in preserving the national heritage. In a speech given at the opening ceremony of the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum in Sukhothai province in 1964, His Majesty the King said, “Our nation has maintained independence, a unique language, art, and cultural traditions for centuries. Our ancestors have devoted and sacrificed their lives and their force, both physical and spiritual, to save and protect all these precious old assets. It is therefore most important for us to permanently preserve and maintain them as our cultural heritage for the coming generations.”

A gifted performer on traditional Thai musical instruments, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn regularly accompanies her royal father on her visits to His Majesty’s rural development projects and assists the King in collecting information relevant to their operations. Her passion for traditional Thai culture has led her to study almost every branch of Thai arts and crafts. She has a deep and intimate knowledge of Thai classics. As a scholar, she has been studying and acquiring new knowledge all the time. She is proficient in several foreign languages, especially English, French, Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, and Cambodian.

The Princess also enjoys painting and drawing in both traditional and modern styles. She loves to read and believes that good reading habits should begin in childhood. Both her literary works and drawings reflect her many talents and humor.

The rich heritage of Thai art, culture, and other forms of knowledge and wisdom is a result of continuous preservation efforts to ensure that later generations will always understand and appreciate them.

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