On March 15th, 2015, from 9.30 hrs. to 15.30 hrs., the Royal Thai Embassy, with support from Wat Dhammapateep and in particular Phra Khruvinaithorn Somsak Subhalert, Abbot of Wat Dhammapateep, organised the celebrations on the auspicious occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th Birthday Anniversary (April 2nd, 2015), at Wat Dhammapateep, Mechelen. Approximately 300 people from the Thai community in Belgium and their families participated in the event.
Ambassador Nopadol Gunavibool presided over the religious ceremony in the morning to give alms to the monks and led a prayer for holy blessings. The religious ceremony was followed by luncheon for the monks and attendees, catered by several Thai restaurants, who volunteered to sponsor the event with catering. During the luncheon, Wat Dhammapateep presented a series of Thai traditional dance performances to entertain the attendees.
In the afternoon, the Royal Thai Embassy continued the celebrations with a merit making to commemorate the auspicious occasion and organised a lecture on the concept of the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Dr. Sorajak Kasemsuvan, former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and former President of Thai Airways International PLC, was invited to deliver the lecture, which focuses on Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn’s role and work on the concept of the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, promoted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.