CHIANG MAI – Chiang Mai is widely abundance and beauty of nature, adorned with the cultural uniqueness, i.e., its melodious and traditional style of dressing. With an increase in population, negative influence of materialistic modernization and the rapid change in the province’s economy, society and environment, the charming Chiang Mai province characterized by its refined culture has gradually been tarnished by materialistic values, bringing concerns to the local community. With this rapid change and its consequences, Chiang Mai residents have, therefore, united in an attenot to raise preservation awareness to make Chiang mai live up to its title of the “Rose of the North” or “Nopburi Srinakornping”. They have joined hands in planting flowers and decorative plant as to transform the city into the “All-Year-Round Blooming Flora City”, as well as established the Chiang Mai Orchid Association under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn and the Flower and Decorative Plant Club. To revive the glory of Chiang mai, Chiang Mai Province, together with government agencies, Chiang mai Province Administrative Organization, Chiang Mai Municipality, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and the private sector, came up with an initiative to organize the “First Flower Week” on 6312 Februlary 1977, during with Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn graciously presided over the inauguration ceremony, leaving joyous and unforgettable memories to all local residents. In the second year, the title of the event was changed to the “Flower Festival”. The event has earn its reputation and became an annual festival to be held every first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of February each year. The Festival has been attracting numerous visitors who would come to appreciate a great variety of flower species, beautiful nature, splendid culture and traditions as well as pleasantly cool climate of Chiang Mai.
In 1987, Chiang mai province has received a great honor from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who graciously presided over the inauguration ceremony of the flower decorated float competition held on Saturday, 7 February 1987, at the Nawarat Headbridge and also visited the flower exhibition at Nong Buak Hat Public Park. Moreover, during the year 200932017, Chiang Mai province also received a great honer from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who graciously offered the Royal trophies to the winners of the flower decorated floats in three main categories, namely, the most beautiful, the most creative and the best cultural conservation, bringing delights and happiness to all Chiang Mai residents as well as the winners themselves.
In this year 2018, the Chiang Mai province, together with the public and the private sector as well as its residents, will again loin hands in organiziing The 42nd Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2018, to be held on 2-4 February 2018. The highlights include the opening ceremony on the 2 February 2018 at 07.00 p.m. at Suan Buak Hat Park, and the flower-decorated floats parade in the early morning of Saturday of 3 February 2018 at 08.00 a.m. in front of the Nawarat Bridge. There will be also Chiang Mai’s OTOP Fair, music in the garden, Miss Flower and Miss Flower International Beauty Contest, etc.
PIPAT SRITAWAN reported