New generation takes over – for a day

Yesterday Thai children took over the national government, the provincial governments, the armed forces and, indeed, most of the country.

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New generation takes over – for a day

In parliament yesterday, a completely new cabinet took over. A young woman was still prime minister and this time, she even had a female deputy.

Photo by Thanarak Khoonton.

All the members of parliament were new as well. They looked fresh, enthusiastic and ready to work for the country.

Photo by Thanarak Khoonton.

Meanwhile, a large crowd came to Government House to welcome the new government.

Photo taken from a remote helicopter by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun.

It was an exciting day for new government leaders, but exhausting as well. This adviser to the new prime minister needed to take time out for a nap.

Photo by Chanat Katanyu.

Upcountry, a new set of provincial governors took over. This was the new governor of Pitsanulok.

Photo by Chinawat Singha.

There were new faces in the Thai army as well. These soldiers were not looking for trouble, but they were ready if it came.

Photo by Apichit Jinakul.

The Royal Thai Air Force, too, had a new set of pilots, ready for any task assigned to them.

Photo by Thiti Wannamontha.

With the country in safe hands, most people simply enjoyed the day, making new friends…..

Photo by Thanarak Khoonton.

and enjoying a wide variety of activities.

Photo by Natthiti Ampriwan.

In Bangkok, getting around the city was easy. Under the new government, BTS rides were free for kids.

Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin.

Yes, on Children’s Day, kids take over the country for a day. Now sit!

Photo by Thanarak Khoonton.

generation – a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
fresh – clearly new and different; clean, bright, and attractive in appearance ใหม่, กระชุ่มกระชวย, มีชีวิตชีวา
enthusiastic – very interested in something or excited about it  อย่างสนใจ กระตือรือร้น
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
exhausting – causing you to become extremely tired ทำให้เหน็ดเหนื่อย
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
nap – a short sleep, usually during the day การงีบ
governor – a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province  ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
task – something that you have to do หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
assign – to give a person a particular task or position มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
variety – many different types of things or people ความหลากหลาย
activity – a thing that you do for interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim กิจกรรม

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