Have a happy and prosperous New Year. May the blessings of the Lord enrich your family and friends, not only in wealth but in health, love and happiness.
ขอให้ปีใหม่นี้จงมีแต่ความสุข สดใส ขอพระเจ้าจงมอบพรแก่ครอบครัว และมิตรสหายของคุณ มิใช่เพียงแค่มั่งคั่ง แต่ขอให้ร่ำรวยทั้งสุขภาพ ความรัก และความสุข
The History of Christmas Day
In the Western world, the birthday of Jesus Christ has been celebrated on December 25th since AD 354, replacing an earlier date of January 6th. The Christians had by then appropriated many pagan festivals and traditions of the season, that were practiced in many parts of the Middle East and Europe, as a means of stamping them out.
There were mid-winter festivals in ancient Babylon and Egypt, and Germanic fertility festivals also took place at this time. The birth of the ancient sun-god Attis in Phrygia was celebrated on December 25th, as was the birth of the Persian sun-god, Mithras. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of peace and plenty, that ran from the 17th to 24th of December. Public gathering places were decorated with flowers, gifts and candles were exchanged and the population, slaves and masters alike, celebrated the occasion with great enthusiasm.
Thailand’s most senior Buddhist leader, the Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, has died aged 100.
July 21, 2013 Belgium’s seventh king, King Albert II signed away his rights as the kingdom’s ruler at the Royal Palace in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. Less than two hours later, the nation got a new King when Philippe pledged to abide the laws and constitution of the nation. Dressed in the uniform of commander-in-chief of the Belgian army, King Philippe swore the inaugural oath in Belgium’s three official languages, Dutch, French and German. Continue reading