On February 2011 at 7.00 p.m. Mr.Paiboon Upatising, the President of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) gave a speech in the opening of PPAO’s event to celebrate 2011 Chinese New Year Festival. The event was held in the area of Sanam Chai, Phuket Town. The opening ceremony was presided over by Mr.Wichai Srikwan, Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT board. There were PPAO executives, staff, press, Phuket residents, and tourists coming to the event.
Mr.Paiboon said that “This event is held to celebrate Chinese New Year as well as H.M. the King Bhumipol’s 84th birthday. The theme of the event is set following Phuket’s slogan of the ‘Pearl of Andaman’ along with the history of the Chinese who sailed to settle on the island in the past century. Moreover, the event helps to conserve Phuket’s traditions, publicizes them to visitors and Phuket’s new generation, and promotes the island’s tourism.” Meanwhile, Tri Akaradecha, the Governor of Phuket who also attended the ceremony, said that “In the reign of King Rama the 3rd, there were a lot of Chinese traveling to work in Phuket’s tin mine industry. They were the ancestors of today’s Chinese-Phuket people. Their cultures and traditions have been conserved by their descendants. Phuket is ranked as the second placed city with the largest amount of Chinese – Thai citizens. So, I think that the event like this will help Phuket Chinese residents to conserve their cultures and traditions as well as promote the island’s tourism.
I wish everybody coming to event a happy Chinese New Year.”
Wichai Srikwan mentioned that “This event will be the great beginning of holding Phuket Chinese New Year Festivals next year. Tourism Authority of Thailand is glad to support an event like this. On the behalf of every race in Thailand, I wish everybody a happy Chinese New Year.”
After the opening ceremony, people who came to the event walked around to enjoy the food along the stall lines of Phuket’s original cuisines. There was an acrobatics show from China, fireworks, lantern show and concert from Thai famous singers. Moreover, people could worship the statue of the thousand hands Kuan Yin which was believed to bring people luck.