Father’s day is celebrated almost everywhere in the world, including Thailand. Here, it is slightly different from other countries : the birthday of the King is set as Father’s Day. December 5 is the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Speedboat Xperience shares with you a glimpse of the Thai culture, through this post regarding Father’s day.
Father’s Day & Mother’s Day in Thailand
This ceremony happens in almost every village in Thailand, and even overseas at Thai organizations. It first gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s as part of a campaign by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda to promote Thailand’s royal family. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of Queen Sirikit, August 12. Thai consider Her Majesty as the Mother of Thailand, like their own.
Yellow Canna Flower
Traditionally, Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather a canna flower, which is considered a masculine flower; however, this is not as commonly practiced today. Thai people will wear yellow on this day to show respect for the late king, because yellow is the color of the day for Monday, the day King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born. Thais flood the Sanam Luang, a massive park in front of the palace, to watch the king give his annual speech, and often stay until the evening, when there is a national ceremony. Thais will light candles and show respect to the king by declaring their faith.
This flower can signify sympathy and grief as well as chastity and virtue. That spiritual element has long been a part of the lily’s cultural significance. In light of that story, lilies can be seen as a representation of humanity’s connection to the divine and how all life springs from that source. Flowers, and more importantly giving flowers, are an important part of culture in Thailand.
It is important to learn the meaning of flowers before selecting blooms, as many in Thailand are aware of their special meanings. So giving a flower with the wrong meaning can have negative ramifications.
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