June 28, 2016
Queen’s Birthday & Mother’s day in Thailand
When: 12th August every year
Where: Across the Kingdom
While Mothers Day is celebrated across the world on various days, most commonly in the months of March or May, here in Thailand it is celebrated annually on the 12th of August and is known as “Wan Mae” (literally Mother’s Day).
Mother’s Day was first introduced to the Kingdom on 15th April, 1950. Later in 1976, it was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Queen Regent of Thailand and the Mother of all Thai people.
While the monarchy in Thailand are deemed as semi-divine, this is not the only reason the people love their King and Queen. Her Majesty is venerated through-out the Kingdom for her compassion and goodwill.
Born Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara on the 12th August 1932, Her Majesty the Queen is revered by the Thai people, through her enduring charity work, in working tirelessly to promoted acceptance and tolerance of the local Muslim and boat people minorities in southern Thailand. She is also adored for her humanitarian efforts in the tsunami disaster in 2004 and her key role in the revival and growth of Thai arts and crafts.
As the wife of the longest reigning monarch in the world, His Majesty King Bhumibol (Rama the IX), Her Majesty is also the world’s longest reigning royal consort, having presided over the Kingdom of Thailand in her royal role for over 6o years.
Preparations start weeks before the big day, when houses, public buildings, roads, shops and all manner of other buildings will be decorated with the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the national flag, the royal coat of arms, lanterns, garlands, and colourful lights.
A plethora of activities take place throughout the day and across the Kingdom, including candle lighting ceremonies and parades, the biggest parades are normally in Bangkok and take place all around the city. The heart of the celebrations is near the Grand Palace in Sanam Luang, north of the Royal Residence. In the evening fireworks displays add up to the beauty of the festivities, along with the rich and vibrant colors of street lights.
Mother’s day in Thailand is also a time for family reunions and gatherings. The day usually will start with children and adults giving alms to the monks. Later they will go to their mothers, offering them a garland of flowers with a letter explaining just how important they are in their lives. Typically, a child will kneel in front of their mother (grandmother or aunt), paying respect to them for all that she has done. They present her with white jasmine flowers or garlands, Called “dok mali” in Thai (ดอกมะลิ); in return the mother gives her blessings on her children. White jasmine flowers are everywhere on this day, as they are the symbol of symbol of purity, gentleness and motherhood
How to say “Happy Mother’s Day?” in Thai?
“Mother’s Day” in the Thai language is “Wan Mae” (วันแม่).
To say “Happy Mother’s Day” in Thai, you say: “Suksan Wan Mae” (สุขสันต์วันแม่).
To say “I love you Mom” in Thai, the words are: “Rak Mae” (รักแม่).