Queen’s Birthday/Mothers Day Today

The Qiueens Birthday

Today is Her Royal Highness Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. She was born in the year 1932 and will be celebrating her 78th Birthday today. The Queens Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand and because the Queen is regarded as the mother of all Thai people it is also Mothers Day today.

Traditional Thai GarlandJust as in other countries Mothers Day is a day for Thai people to pay respect to their mothers with small presents and gifts of traditional Jasmine Garlands or white flowers. So, a big Happy Mothers Day to all in Thailand as well.

there will be many festivities around the Kingdom this week celebrating the Queen’s birthday and Pattaya will be hosting the Second Annual Fireworks Contest on August 14,  in honer of her Majesty.

The second Pattaya International Fireworks Contest will take place at Pattaya Beach, in front of Soi 4 on 14th August. Firework teams from 10 countries including China, Japan, Germany, USA and Thailand will compete. There will also be a special Royal Fireworks display to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 78th Birthday along with many side events.

Pattaya International Fireworks Competition

For more information on upcuming events throughout Thailand please check out the Thailand Event Calender.


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8 Responses to Queen’s Birthday/Mothers Day Today
  1. Paul Garrigan
    August 12, 2010 | 9:31 am

    I think it is really nice how many Thais make such a fuss over their mums on mother’s day. I remember when I used to teach in one of the schools here that each year a selection of kids would make kneeling presentations to their mothers on the main stage – in front of the whole school. The kids and mothers would by crying and so would eveyone else watching.

    • Talen
      August 12, 2010 | 9:36 am

      Paul, I agree. The Thai’s don’t over commercialize such holidays and it is all very genuine.Hell, the Thai’s even do Christmas better than the West anymore.

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  3. Thailand Package
    August 12, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    I love the fact how deeply Thai people feel for their mothers here, and how freely they express their love towards them.
    In many Western countries, mothers day should be renamed to “flower sellers day”, because they are the one who profit the most from it.
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  4. Martyn
    August 13, 2010 | 4:20 am

    Talen I’m always well aware of today being Queen Sirikit’s Birthday and of it being Mothers Day in Thailand. The reason is simple. Yesterday was my birthday and today is the second birthday bash of BTMJ.That makes it easy to remember.

    I phoned Wilai today and asked her about Mothers Day in Thailand. Her answer confused me a touch, but bear in mind her mama is a dominant woman who never shows any emotion towards her children, Wilai especially.

    Wilai said she hadn’t given a present to her mother or even wished her happy Mothers Day. That’s even stranger when you consider they live in the same house. She also said that only the dek deks at school made and gave presents to their mothers in her village.

    Wilai claimed in her village the adults didn’t generally give anything to their mamas on this special day. She used the words “people are shy” and that Mothers Day was a “city, Bangkok, rich people” thing, not something for poor village folk.

    It was a strange answer and I don’t know if it is common practice amongst the rural poor or whether it has anything to do with Thais not wanting to publicly show emotion, although a present to a mother would be a private affair. Does Pookie give her mama something on Mothers Day.
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    • Talen
      August 13, 2010 | 4:28 am

      Martyn, that does seem rather odd. When I talked to Pookie she was taking her mother and Aunt out for Thai BBQ and had gotten the little one flowers to give to them and last year she had gotten her mother and grandmother really nice shirts to wear on their special day.

      I have noticed that Mama does seem to be a dominant woman as well and doesn’t tend to show much emotion towards her children but really goes overboard with Fa.

  5. catswiththumbs
    August 13, 2010 | 7:47 pm

    That’s very nice. Is Krylon with you? He disappeared too.
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    • Talen
      August 15, 2010 | 11:08 pm

      I think I packed Krylon by accident…won’t know until I unpack in a week or so…