Like many of you, I was “shocked” and pleasantly surprised on the wild enthusiasm of the Thai support for Han Geng.. I have seen many crazy and wild ways of showing support to idols but I never expected or suspected that this much fervor and passion could be bestowed on one such person like Han Geng..I thought that witnessing the enthusiasm of fans in Singapore was high already..but now watching the excited and passionate welcome for Han Geng in Bangkok was one touching scene…!! He is so loved in Thailand not to mention being respected as well…I don’t know whether to call this infatuation or devotion..? hehehe.. From here I would like to thank the Thai Geng supporters for giving him such a warm and heated welcome..hehehe..that the newspapers are heading their articles in such a manner…Han Geng turning up the heat in Bangkok…!!
I understand that Thais usually greet another person with clasped hands and a slight bow of the head as a form of welcome and goodbye..this is called “Wai” in Thai….and to see Han Geng giving and receiving this form of greeting is such a pleasure and pride on my part..to know that Han Geng can hold his own..to know that he can now stand on the world stage boldly and courageously and proudly..
I would like to share a little bit on this kind of greetings and in what form it can be used..just like when Han Geng was in Inner Mongolia two months back, he was greeted with the highest form of respect being draped with a Blue Hada..normally a White Hada will be draped over one’s shoulders as a form of welcome but Blue is the highest…!!!!
So this time in Thailand, I was pleasantly taken aback by the gesture of one of Geng’s devoted male fans..so I did some poking around Google and trying to put some sense into that gesture…here is what I found..
“In Thailand, we greet each other by gracefully raising both hands near the head or chest and pressing our palms together like as in prayer and say “Sawadee Krub” if you’re a male or “Sawadee Ka”, if you are a female. This gesture is called a “Wai” and it’s our traditional and current way of greeting and showing respect to each other. Sounds quite simple right? …Wrong! You also need to know why, when, and how to wai. You certainly don’t want to go around and wai everyone you bump into, people will think you’re a bit insane.
We Wai each other not for the sole purpose of greeting, but the wai is a gesture of respect. The greeting is done just by saying “Sawadee Krub/Ka” and the wai adds respects to the greeting. We also wai when someone gives us a gift and say “Kob Khun Krub/Ka” while receiving the gift. So you see, the main purpose of this gesture is actually to show respect and not simply a way of saying “Hi”.
When to wai
A wai is usually given when you meet someone for the first time and you want to show respect to this person (i.e. your parent’s friends or someone older than you). If the person being introduced is younger than you, you have to wait for this person to wai you first and then you reciprocate with a wai. If you’re the same age, you can just nod your head and say “Sawadee Krub/Ka”. We Thais respect our elders by giving the wai first. However, you don’t always have to follow the age rule, as the main reason for the wai is to show respect as mentioned. If someone is of the same age, but is of a respectful status like a business partner or a good customer, it’s generally OK to give the wai first as a show of respect.
As a rule of thumb, here are some people you don’t have to wai to first, but you can reciprocate with a wai if you choose to. I usually return a wai when it’s given to me, doesn’t matter who the person is.
- Taxi drivers
- Flight attendance
How to Wai
Now that you know why and when to wai, you now need to know how to wai, as the gesture is different depending on whom you’re interacting with. For someone older or commanding high respect (like the prime minister of Thailand), we wai by raising our clasped palm near the forehead and bowing a little. For someone younger, you can return a wai by placing your clasped palm near the chest. For monks, whom we show the highest respect, we place our clasped palm near our head and kneel down as well to be in a lowered position to show the utmost respect.
So if you’re in a “to wai or not to wai” situation, just ask yourself whether or not you want to show this person the most respectful form or greeting. Enjoy Thailand and “Sawadee Krub!” (with a wai gesture). “
I especially pointed this out because his gesture of greetings not only involved respect but also worship..by kneeling down…!! So it shocked the people in the autograph session that day,and that’s why we see the news flashing across Thailand.. Yes indeed our boy was flattered but at the same time overwhelmed …because that form of greeting is the highest…even I was a bit shocked when I was reading the fan- accounts in Baidu Geng bar..I couldn’t believe it ..!! I wanted to see proof and so someone uploaded that picture and so everything fell into place…!! I also read that some female fan tattooed her belly with the word “庚 ” literally..!!
I was amazed at the extreme ways they went through just to show how supportive and devoted they are to Han Geng..This one is also from the fans’ accounts..Xiao Meng (and staff) wanted to see and feel what’s like to be part of the queue in the autograph session and so Xiao Meng pretended to be one of those in the queue..our Han Geng was busy signing that he didn’t notice it was Xiao Meng..and he stretched out his hand for a hand-shake when he looked up and saw that it was Xiao Meng..!! The audience just laughed at Han Geng’s reactions…that was a nice one..!! Below is the “official” news of the events that Han Geng attended since his arrival in Bangkok on the 7th..
On the 9th of October, Han Geng held the Thailand stop of his Asian fansign event. Since arriving in Bangkok on October 7, several hundred fans were following him closely, and the screams and crowds brought up the Han Geng fever in Bangkok. Even the host of Thailand’s popular Channel 3 couldn’t hold it in, and took out his/her private camera during the programme to take a photo as keepsake.
Han Geng who had arrived in Bangkok on the morning of October 7, did not return to the hotel to rest, and immediately went to the Channel 3 station in order to kickstart his schedules in Thailand. Several hundred fans followed him closely, causing the three floors of the building opposite the TV station to be filled with fans. The situation at the entrance of the studio does not need to be mentioned, because the screaming sounds nearly deafened those who were around.
This is the first time that Han Geng is having activities in Thailand after going solo, and the Thai fans who gave their warm support touched Han Geng deeply. Even the host of the Thai Channel 3 television channel also took out his/her private camera during the event in order to take a photo as keepsake; Han Geng’s immense popularity in Thailand can thus be seen.
It has been reported that Han Geng’s fanmeeting in Thailand will be held on October 9, and there would be 2000 fans at the venue who would share with him the music and mood of 《Geng Xin》. And during the fanmeeting, Han Geng will perform 《Queen》 from his album live for the first time after his concert. Aside from that, the Thai fans also have the opportunity to appreciate the MV movie in 《Geng Xin》 that is 30 minutes long.
From October 7 to October 9, Han Geng will be in Bangkok, Thailand to have the promotional activities for his new album 《Geng Xin》, and also hold a fanmeeting in Thailand. On the afternoon of the 8th, Han Geng had an autograph session for 300 lucky fans. A lot of fans started queuing up very early, and cried the moment they saw Han Geng, and their feeling of surprise far exceeds the threshold of speech. Not only are there female fans who have tattooed Han Geng’s name on their body, there’s also a male fan whom walked up to Han Geng and suddenly knelt in front of him to express his support during the fansigning session. This caused Han Geng to feel extremely flattered, and immediately stood up to pull the male fan up, before thanking him for his support. After standing up, the male fan turned emotional, and turned towards the fans who were behind him and yelled “Han Geng, jiayou*!” at the top of his voice.
When faced by the Thai fans’ frantic support for the past few days, Han Geng mentioned that he was extremely touched. This was his first public event in Thailand after going solo, and the fans’ ever increasing support is his greatest motivating factor. In addition, he also said that he would bring more excitement and surprises on the fanmeeting on the 9th.
* Jiayou is the equivalent of ‘fighting!’
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Translated by eternalsnow @ sj-world.net
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At Fan-Meeting om 9th Oct…
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