วันพุธที่ 7 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2553
Sunthon Phu Day
on June 26, 1786 in the reign of King Rama II,
Sunthon Phu, a poetic genius, is recognized for his
outstanding works in verse. He was appointed the royal clerk and received the title of Khun Sunthon Wohan in the Second Reign. During the reign of King Rama ID, Sunthon Phu resigned and left the court to become a monk. After he left the monkhood, he worked for a member of the royalty for one year, and then faced difficulties when the princess passed away. He traveled by boat and continued to write poetry to earn a living. His fortune rose slightly during the reign of King Rama IV. He was given the title of Phra Sunthon Wohan in 1851 and served the court until he died in 1855.
His famous works were Phra Aphai Mani, a romantic adventure of a young prince who was kidnapped by a sea-ogress, known as Phi Sua Samut. Phra Aphai Mani is considered a combination of Thai and international traits, as there were some foreign characters in the final part. It is believed that Sunthon Phu took foreigners engaging in trade contact with Thailand at that time as models for foreign characters in Phra Aphai Mani.Regarded as one of Thailand's major literary figure, Sunthon Phu was declared one of the world's great personalities in the field of culture by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986 when Thailand celebrated his bicentennial. On June 26 each year, an event is held in commemoration of this great poet in the compound of his memorial in Kiaeng District, Rayong Province. It features a contest of poetry reading, impromptu poetic dialogues, and picture drawing. More importantly, there is a pageant of Phi Sua Samut, and contestants make up to look like a sea-ogress. The pageant brings a great fun to both the contestants and onlookers.