jane . m . scott

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Thais are very proud of their rich and beautiful culture. They live it daily, in how they respect and love the King and Queen of Thailand, their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit; how they honour and live their religion – Buddhism, and hold to its tenets of tolerance, and seeking the middle road. Thai Sq London 19 Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2HE

Thailand - which means land of the free - is often called ‘the land of smiles’ for the graciousness of its people and the smiles that will always greet you. Thais greet everyone with a smile and an endearingly gentle manner.

Thais have a love of beauty, manifested in the magnificent artwork and intricate ornamentation found in their temples, the lovely, tailored Thai silk suit which is the native costume, in their clean and neat appearance, even the presentation of their food. Food is presented on pretty plates, and garnished. Often the table displays examples of fruit and vegetable carving – watermelons turned into beautiful roses, carrots into small fish or turtles, cucumbers into lotus blossoms.

We are very fortunate in Toronto to have a number of talented Thai artisans who practice and teach the beautiful Thai art of fruit and vegetable carving. These items would adorn any dining or buffet table. The food should be appealing to the eye as well as the palette.

Thai Classical, Regional Dance

Thai classical dance at one time was reserved for the royal court, until a few hundred years ago. Today it is taught in schools, and is part of every celebration. Thai classical dancers wear elaborately embroidered silk costumes with golden crowns and accessories. The movements are deliberate and emphatic and the pace restrained.

Regional dances are more relaxed and the costumes not so elaborate. They depict life in the village or countryside.