“Suk Jai (happy) Thailand” is the fourth Thai cultural fair at the UP Asian Center. The fair brings to life Thai culture and entertainment through the showcase of cultural performances, traditional games, authentic Thai food, Doi Kham products (Royal Project Food Products), and Thai products from “Thailand’s One Tambon, One Product” (OTOP). Participants can:
Doi Kham Food Products Co., Ltd. was established by His majesty the King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s royal initiative project to “operate as a social business by selling processed food products to improve the quality of life for farmers and their communities” (Borsub n.d.)
OTOP showcases “unique locally made and marketed products of each Thai tambon all over Thailand,” (Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore) such as handicrafts, herbal products, and household items.
The Songkran Festival is the celebration of the “Thai New Year’s Day according to the Brahmin solar calendar.” It is held every April 13-15. “Songkran” is derived from Sanskrit, meaning “to move up or to step forward” (Limpisvasti n.d.). It “marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the annual rains” (Vater 2017).
The traditional celebration of the Songkran festival involves: “cleaning houses, sprinkling water onto Buddha images, building sand pagodas on temple ground, and pouring water onto family members” and friends. (Limpisvasti n.d.).
The Dance of the Four Regions draws from the different styles of Thailand’s four geographical regions and brings them together in a combination of short dances, each with their own unique steps, music, and costume.
Thailand’s traditional games are easy and fun to play. They use songs and rhymes and follow simple rules. Widely available materials such as “banana stems, pebbles, sticks, cloth, etc.” (Traditional Thai Games and Sports) are used in playing.
This cultural fair is organized by the UP Asian Center and Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand (DVIFA); and UP KASANAG.