Father's Day in Thailand
Many countries around the world have chosen the third Sunday of June to celebrate Father's day., The exact date of it changes every year, according to which day this Sunday falls.
In Thailand - a country that has a rich culture and history - Father's Day has a more special meaning than the rest of the world.
Father's Day is not just about honoring fathers. This special day is both a national holiday and the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, who lived between 1927-2016. Here's the meaningful part of choosing father's day as December 5th: King Bhumibol Adulyadej is seen as the “father of the nation” for his contributions to Thailand. For this reason, the primary meaning of the Father's Day is to commemorate the father of the nation.
In the years when King Bhumibol Adulyadej was alive, the King's birthday, was one of the most special ones among the national holidays in Thailand. Thai people even set up camps the night before in the squares to see the King giving speeches on his birthdays and celebrated this special day enthusiastically.
Currently, on Father's day, which is also a public holiday, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is commemorated, and ceremonies are held in Bangkok and other cities.
On Father's day, everyone dresses in yellow, the color of the King, gives canna flowers to their fathers and grandfathers, and visits temples.
How about celebrating Father's day twice this year, adding the Thai Father's Day on your calendars, too?