Mother's Day in Thailand - 12th August
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit is regarded as mother to all Thai people and her birthday, the 12th August, is celebrated as Mother’s Day and observed as a Thai national holiday
Thai people unanimously commemorate this day because of the queen's benevolence towards the needy and poor in the nation.
Preparations start a few weeks before the Queen's birthday and people all around the country raise national flags and houses are decorated with the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. This is their way of expressing their loyalty and honor to her. Similarly, public buildings are decorated with her portraits, garlands, and colorful lights. In the capital city Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Sanam Luang, the area around Grand Palace is decorated with colorful lights and there is also a fireworks display.
On the day, early in the morning, government officials, royal army, students, teachers, gather around the high tower clock. They form a procession and walk to the King's Palace. On its way to the palace, music band plays popular music pieces. After arrival at King's palace, the procession presents flowers to the representative of the HM the Queen. It's followed by the song ''Mother of Kingdom', praising both Queen and King. In the evening ceremony at the Queen's garden, government officials light candles. In this way, they pay respect to the Queen and pray for her long life.
Not only limited to birthday celebration of the Queen, Thai people also take this day as an opportunity to thank their mother for her unconditional love. Mother's day morning in Thailand starts by giving alms to the monks. Following the Thai tradition, children kneel down before their mother to show their love and gratitude. They present her with white jasmine flowers or garlands, in return, mothers bless their children. On this day, white jasmine flowers are a common sight in Thailand as they are the symbol of maternal love.