Monday, September 1, 2014

Mothers Day in Thailand

The Queen of Thailand, Queen Sirikit's birthday, as is the king's, is a national holiday, and is also Mothers' Day in Thailand. The Queen is particularly revered in the more remote and traditional parts of the country, where the monarchy is regarded as semi-divine. Her work in promoting tolerance and understanding for the Muslim minorities in the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat have made her especially popular amongst local Muslims.

She married just prior to her 18th birthday in 1950, shortly before here husband the future King was crowned the King of Thailand.  As the consort of the king who is the world's longest-reigning head of state, she is also the world's longest-serving consort of a monarch. Sirikit suffered a stroke on 21 July 2012 and has since refrained from public appearances.

The Thai people revere and respect the King and Queen very much. Each year on Mother's Day many of the Businesses create a shrine to 'Honor' the Queen.  Most of them in our area are sponsored and erected by Banks or other major businesses.

A display set up in front of an office Building on the Way to the Office
Even in front of the Islam Bank of Thailand you will find a temporary monument to the Queen

Beautiful arrangement of potted flowers
An yes..... I called my Mother on Thailand Mothers Day, August 12th.

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