Thai Mother’s Day or “Wan Mae” falls on the Queen’s birthday, 12th August each year. It has been celebrated annually since 1976. The day is all about celebrating both the mother of the Thai nation and mothers everywhere, with pageantry, an outpouring of affection, and gifts.
Note: much like Thai Father’s Day, Thai Mothers day is not to be confused with international mothers day which falls earlier in the year.
A few weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, homes and businesses will display blue flags with the Queen’s individual crest on them. In Thailand, each day of the week is represented by a certain colour. Friday is represented by blue, which is commonly associated with the Queen as she was born on this day of the week.
Like many other important occasions in Thailand, traditional celebrations include alms giving to monks early in the morning as a way of making merit. Schools typically host a Mother’s Day ceremony with performances and children individually honouring their mother for her sacrifice and dedication. In large cities, it is also common for families to treat mum to a meal, and many restaurants and hotels will offer Mother’s Day specials. In Bangkok, evening celebrations usually include light displays along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Sanam Luang, and the area around Grand Palace, as well as fireworks.
The traditional Thai Mother’s Day gift is jasmine, which symbolises purity and grace. The fragrant flower is often sold as blossoms, reflecting motherhood and maternal love, as well as in elaborate garlands which will be on sale all over Bangkok. Children will often buy garlands or even make their own for their mothers as a special show of affection. You’ll also find synthetic jasmine pins and bouquets. However you choose to celebrate, make it a day of joy and appreciation for mothers and grandmothers (and other important women with children) in your family.
Mothers Day Gifts
Apart from the more traditional Mothers day gifts, as with international mothers day, mums all over the world, love to be celebrated with their favourite treats at these special times of the year.
Whether the Mother you’re celebrating is still changing diapers, taught you how to swim or she’s been juggling home schooling with office work and three meals a day, she desperately needs a break. Now is the time to give her some five star treatment and to let her know how much she’s appreciated and we’ve got you covered.
Hey Dads and kids! Take note: Nothing says, ‘I Love You’ more than chocolate and flowers! (Mum’s just forward this link to Dad for subtle (or not so hints for your special day.) A great list of ideas to make your mum feel extra special can be found here or even better enter our Mother’s Day give-away to really make her day!
Thanks to our friends over at Accor Hotels you have the chance to win Mum a wonderful beach get away in a SO Comfy room at the beautiful SO Sofitel Hua Hin. Sofitel is delighted to offer a lucky BKK Kids community member a voucher for a 2-night stay in SO Comfy (Sunday – Thursday) inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons. The give-away is valid for 6 months (Blackout dates apply)
HAPPY THAI MOTHERS DAY!
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