This Friday is Father’s Day in Thailand. Father’s Day is celebrated each year on the reigning king’s birthday. Traditionally, Thai people celebrate the holiday by giving their father or grandfather a canna flower, but this is not commonly practiced today. Thai people will wear yellow to commemorate the day, because in Thailand, the day Monday is associated with the color yellow, and King Bhumibol Adulayadej was born on a Monday. Thais will also light candles to show respect to the king, and they will declare their faith in villages all over Thailand.
On his birthday, the king will give a speech and thousands will flock to the front of his palace to watch and listen. A national ceremony will commence in the evening. The king is turning 87, making him the longest living reigning monarch in the world and the third oldest living monarch just behind Queen Elizabeth I of England (88) and King Abdul Halim of Malaysia (87).
Father’s day is a very important holiday, and therefore all schools and government workplaces will be closed as will many private businesses. The king is much loved and very respected by all Thai people. Many small, local celebrations will take place, so Thais can declare their love for their king. At DEPDC, children from all over Mae Sai have come to the center to help celebrate this most important holiday. Songs were sung, crafts created, and thanks given all in honor of King Bhumibol Adulayadej.