I used to love playing dress up as a kid!
I had a big box filled with colorful, crazy dresses, high-heeled shoes 10 sizes too big for me, purses that hit the floor when swung over my short stature, and no longer used make-up from my mom to paint my face. Friends would come over and we would disappear into the realms of our imagination, transported there by the fantastical costumes we created.
So, it’s no surprise that when my Thai colleagues told me they were going to dress me in traditional Thai garb, complete with very big hair and a face full of make-up, that I jumped at the chance to launch myself into a Thailand dreamland.
This whole process took 2 hours, some creative maneuvering, and a sense of humor!! Here is the transformation and end result:
I just couldn’t help myself!
The reason behind this metamorphosis was to celebrate the 3rd ASEAN Art and Cultural Festival, a wonderful event put on by the city of Phetchaburi in honor of the king’s birthday. ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The purpose of ASEAN is to accelerate economic growth, cultural development among members, the protection of regional peace, and is a forum to discuss differences peacefully.
A map of the members and the flag of ASEAN.
On December 5th (also Father’s Day), King Rama VI turned 86, and the local Thais pulled out all the stops for the king’s birthday. The entire festival spanned 6 days with dances from every country in the ASEAN community, an array of yummy food (had the best pad thai ever!), and local crafts being sold .
I had such an amazing time in my Thailand dress, floating about in my grown-up imagination come to life.