HONORING AND BIRTDAY OF DR. SU-ED AT BANGKADEE
at Bangkadee(Kun Yekha:
Wed, 20 Oct 2004)
Mons from two countries celebrated the honoring ceremony to Dr. Su-ed on his
birthday at the Head Quarter of Thai-Ramarn Association, Bangkadee Mon
village of Bangkhunthian.
Su-ed Gajaseni, the professor of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital and
Mahidol University, is well known among the two countries Mons as Mor
Su-ed who the sixth generation of the great Commander Banyae Join
the Mons from Burma and Thailand gathered together in celebration of
honoring and birthday of Dr. Su-ed in his 80th age. Im
really happy to see Mons from Monland and Thailand working together and
showing solidarity, unity and cooperation said Dr. Su-ed in his speech of
welcome the people on the honoring first day October 16.
than ten thousand Mon peoples gathered to the great honoring ceremony that
held at night of October 16. They were crowd inside the 17 Rai (about 10
acres) wide associations campus. The long line people walked up and down
on the lane to the campus. Four Thai police were giving the security of
people and vehicles with cautiously. The line of Taxi, Motorbike and car
were sometimes moved ahead and stopped mostly since the lane was busy with
walkers and everywhere was congested. (It looked like the congested bullock
cart in Takok Khamaing Buddhist Festivals which are hold annually
after Songkran in Monland).
the entrance gate of the community hall, which built with the big two golden
Sheldrake, the people were going in and coming out. Some were talking phone
while some were looking for their missing friends. There were decorated the
colorful light along the 150 meter long the red floor gravel road from the
main gate to the hall.
beside the hall, there was a big stage with the grate portrait picture of
Dr. Su-ed. Three hundred and fifty tables were arranged for ten persons a
table. Before, we arranged only three hundred tables, but they were gone
after three days announcement said Nai Saha, the convening committee
members of this occasion. Besides the table sitters, there were many people
who have no ticket and standing around the hall, beside the stage and the
back place of the table line. Advanced table tickets were not enough since
many Mons were interested to come and participate to the ceremony of the
great ancestor of Banyae Join, Dr. Su-ed.
Thai-Mon ladies announced the agendas for the honoring ceremony both in Thai
and Mon languages. About (50) performers opened the ceremony with Krak
Jalon song. After opening the ceremony, Dr. Su-ed was carefully brought
to the stage for welcoming the people. He, firstly, gave greeting and thanks
to the Mon people. And he delivered some speech that how was he felt so
happy on honoring him and seeing the unity among Mons from Thailand and
Monland. He also urged the youth generation to work hard in improvements of
Mon literature and culture. Although he grows up in Thailand, he could speak
Mon very fluently and his conversation was full with the plenty of old Mon
words and grammar.
honoring ceremony, Mons from both countries gave entertainment performance
with the traditional dances and popular vocalist stage show. The kids were
dancing in unison with Rehmonya, the most popular classic song.
Farmers dancing (Leh Samar Bangae) and two Mon merchants (Ta Pao & Ta
Bo) dancing were also applauded by people. Saik Zarn, the Thai-Mon vocalist,
was also entertaining the people with a group of back-dancers. After
entertained by Thai-Mon vocalist about (45) minutes, the convening committee
announced for giving the awards to the players of football, volleyball and
basketball. The player teams were some grouped by villages and some by their
than half of all people were standing up and shouted in praising when the
popular vocalist Hong Chan suddenly appeared on the stage. Almost all people
are the Mon migrant workers in the age of teenager. Not only far away from
motherland, they also desired to enjoy such pleasure amusements since they
have to work and no time to spend for their pleasure in Thailand. Its
a great opportunity for me to see Hong Chan singing in live show and
honoring Dr. Su-ed said by a Kawt Saik villager who came from Mahachai.
Many migrant workers could gather to this occasion because they almost all
are registered for work permit.
Hong Chan sang Chan Mon Chan Nai, his most popular song, the people
standing sides and front of stage were signing together which louder than
Hong Chan did. Ong Marn, an announcer for show, frequently requested the
people not to hit each others which would be caused the problems and the
show must be stopped. The happy people calm down for a while when Ong Marn
announced no jumping on the chairs and tables.
different to Hong Chan, when Ramarn, one of the popular singer, sang the
songs with full of happy and fun, the funs were jumping and singing as
harmonies. And also he entertained to people with pleasingly melody song.
I think its the biggest ceremony of Thai-Mon that ever I have seen
said Nai Sunthorn, the secretary of MUL.
though the time was due entertaining after midnight, the funs were not
contented and asking once more repeatedly and eventually the singers
and convening committee members had to request them to be ended their shows
for the sake of security. See you all again in somewhere said by Hong
Chan to his beloved funs.
Youth Community in Bangkok (Thai-Mon) and The Light of Mon Youth
Organization (Mons from Monland, based in Mahachai) were working together
for both honoring and birthday ceremony of Dr. Su-ed. This occasion, which
two parties co-sponsored ceremony, was the second time of working together
of MYC and LMYO. We want more connections and cooperation of Mons in
Thailand and Monland for Mon literature, culture and some social matters of
migrant workers said by Nai Sahamon Rajanon, the chairman of LMYO. For
this special occasion, they both sides had eagerly spent a couple months in
preparations despite they had their own jobs for living. Thai-Mons were also
wearing the Mon dresses of red and white colors. More participating of
well respected Thai-Mon scholars, it could getting stronger in our community
and more Mons in Thailand also proud of being Mon said Nai Oong Bangjung,
the secretary general of Mon Youth Community in Bangkok.
the second day October 17, the ceremony held in the community hall with
religious donations. The long line people were waiting their turn for
donating honey and sticky rice foods. There had about (15) food booths with
many kinds of traditional Mon foods. Donating desks, the temporary small
clinic for first aids, Mon dresses selling table, publications distribution
desk and the place for selling honey were crowd with the people. The book of
the history background of Thai-Ramarn Association and brief biography of Dr.
Su-ed was distributed. Some of the brief history of Association and ancestor
generation of Dr. Su-ed were translated into Mon language by Nai Sunthorn.
place where Dr. Su-ed sitting and accepting the people paying respect was
the most interested which decorated with several kinds of flowers and two
big golden Sheldrake. In the community hall, there were preparing for the
lunch alms donation for the monks with so much food. About (140) monks were
served the alms food. At beside the hall, the traditional music was
pleasingly played. The musicians were from Ayudhaya, labeling their resident
Mons from Ratchburi, Phetburi, Ayudhaya, Lopburi, Bang Poon, Putram,
Pathumthani, Monland, Bangkradee, Weanka and Phra Padeang were serving the
people with their traditional foods. I miss my native village while
serving others in this kind of ceremony said a Kaw Zoa villager.
Some were busy with serving cold water, pepsi and coke while some were
working sundry matters.
Dr. Su-ed accepted for pouring water, the people were crowd again and queue
in long line. While the people paying respect and pouring water on Dr.
Su-ed, some were talking to his younger brother Supher Gajaseni, the former
supreme commander of Thailand.
Su-ed was born on October 17 of Buddhist year 2467. He has six siblings.
After he studied at Siriraj, he learnt as house and senior house officer at
Siriraj Medical Department. After that he was chosen as a state scholar and
went for further education at Graduate School of Medicine and Episcopal
Hospital of Pennsylvania in USA. He also got the Diploma of Advance Hindi at
Baranasi University in India. He got the Doctor of Medicine at Mahidol
University, Bangkok. Currently, he is the patron of Thai-Ramarn Association.
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