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    Thailand Mothers Day

    THE NATIONAL MOTHER’S DAY

    Translated by Ms. Uraiphan Nawiprasert and Dr. Suthira Duangsamosorn

    Definition

    According to the Dictionary of the Royal Institute edition 1982, “Mother” is a woman who bears children; the word used by a child to call the woman who gives him birth.

    In terms of Buddhism, the definitions of ‘Mother’ are as follows :

    a) a woman who bears children, an important person like ‘Mae Thap’ (Commander in Chief) or generally a person who holds responsibility; especially in certain places like the house.

    b) ‘Chonnanee’ or a female parent of children.

    c) a woman to whom a man is married or the one who takes care of family members.



    History of the National Mother’s Day

    The National Mother’s Day falls on August 12, which is generally observed as Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. Previously, April 15 was regarded as National Mother’s Day according to the consensus of the Cabinet’s directive issued on February 23, 1950. Consequently, the first celebration of Mother’s Day was observed on April 15, 1950, by the Office of the National Culture Commission. This celebration, which was a great success, included religious rituals, selection of ‘Devoted Mother’s and motto competitions, etc. In order to pay homage to ‘Mothers’ and to make Mother’s Day important, Field Marshal P. Phibulsongkram declared Mother’s Day as ‘National Mother’s Day.’

    In 1976, National Mother’s Day was officially changed to August 12, the day of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. According to the book, “ The Royal Mother of All Thai Citizens” published on July 6, 1977 by the Ministry of Education , the celebration in the Queen’s honour is:

    A good mother realises the importance of National Culture since she knows that the essence of ‘Thai’ cannot exist without Thai culture.
    A good mother is also a good
    citizen in democratic ideals, in which the King is the Ruler of the country.
    Every Thai woman possesses, the above characteristics more or less.
    However,
    it is not easy to find a woman who possesses the above characteristics in the way Her Majesty Queen Sirikit does.
    Her Majesty Queen
    Sirikit is therefore considered the Royal Mother of all Thai citizens.

    For Thai people, “motherhood” denotes loving, impressive and timeless relationships between a mother and her children. In a literary work by Prawarawethphisith, the relationship between a mother and her children is mentioned as follows:

    Children in villages in the old days liked to play in groups.
    If the mother of
    any child in the group was at home, that child would play with his friends happily with a smiling face.
    However, the child
    whose mother was not at home would be quiet and unhappy. Then he could not play with his friends happily.
    When the
    friends saw the quiet child’s mother approaching, they would say, “whose mother’s coming? Who’s crying? ” That was because the quiet child would come out of the group and run towards his mother with joyful tears in his eyes. This shows the true and infinite love between a mother and a child. A child cannot be happy without a mother.

    The definition of ‘Mother’ is also mentioned in this literary work:

    The term, “Mother,” represents love, warmth and kindness. A child cries out loud when his mother is not with him. Once he sees his mother, he can laugh, even with tears. This is because a child feels warm when his mother is with him. We all know a mother always loves and cares about her children, if she has to go away from her children, she feels anxious about them.
    No matter what she does, she always thinks of her children first.



    August 12, National Mother’s Day, is regarded as one of the most important and memorable days for the Thai people. ‘A white jasmine’ is considered the emblem of kindness and love of a mother. This is because its white colour represents the essence of purity which implies that a mother’s love for her children is pure. Furthermore, the scent of jasmine symbolises the true love of a mother which is infinite and unchangeable.

    Suggestions for Cultural Activities
    on National Mother’s Day

    Objectives

    1. To show the Thai people’s respect and homage to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
    2. To encourage the Thai people to feel grateful to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for her sacrifice and devotion for the welfare of the Thai people.
    3. To point out the duties of children towards mothers.
    4. To elucidate the roles of mothers.
    5. To point out certain suggestions of what activities to carry out on ‘National Mother’s Day.’

    1. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Devotion and Sacrifice.

    Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s work and projects include:

    Political Affairs
    Foreign affairs
    Agricultural projects
    Scientific, technological and environmental projects
    Public health affairs
    Handicraft and industrial projects etc.

    2. Suggestions for Activities on National Mother’s Day

    Objectives:

    To commemorate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s love and
    devotion for the welfare of the Thai people.

    The suggested activities include:

    1. Holding conferences or seminars on Her Majesty the Queen
    Sirikit’s work.
    2. Launching public relations awareness campaigns or campaigns for
    Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s philanthropic work.
    3. Holding exhibitions on Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s projects.
    4. Performing voluntary public services dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
    5. Organising competitions in song, poetry, essay writing composition, etc. on the theme of Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit’s devotion and sacrifice for the people of Thailand.
    6. Having recreational activities in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
    7. Performing other activities:
    Decoration of offices, buildings, streets, etc.,with the national flag.Performing religious rituals dedicated to Her Majesty
    Queen Sirikit.
    Attending homage-paying ceremonies to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

    3. A Child’s Duty to His Mother :

    1. Taking good care of his mother.
    2. Acting according his mother’s instructions.
    3. Behaving well and preserving the good name of the family.
    4. Taking good care of the family property.
    5. Making merit for his mother after her death.

    4. A Mother’s Roles :

    1. Preventing her children from bad actions.
    2. Training her children to do good things.
    3. Giving her children good education.
    4. Encouraging her children to have good spouses.
    5. Endowing her children with property when appropriate.

    5. Suggestions and Examples for Activities on National Mother’s Day.

    Objectives :

    To encourage people to realise the roles of Mothers and
    Children.

    The suggested activities include :

    1. Holding conferences or seminars on the duties of mothers towards children and vice versa.
    2. Launching public relations awareness campaigns or campaigns on the duties of mothers to children and vice versa.
    3. Holding exhibitions on the roles of mothers and children.
    4. Organising demonstrations or training on the duties of mothers towards children and vice versa.
    5. Having recreational activities to promote understanding and love between mothers and children.
    6. Performing voluntary public services to encourage mothers and children to have common activities.
    7. Organising competitions or selections of devoted mothers.
    8. Celebrating the honour of devoted mothers.
    9. Honouring through the ‘Rod-Nam’ (Watering) ceremonies, giving presents or sending cards to mothers on this special occasion.
    10.Performing other appropriate activities which will enhance the meaning of ‘mother’ and ‘motherhood’ in Thailand.

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    Phuket government offices to close for Mother’s Day

    Phuket government offices to close for Mother’s Day

    PHUKET: All Thai government offices, including Phuket Immigration, will be closed August 12 and 13 for the birthday of HM Queen Sirikit.

    Her Majesty’s birthday on August 12 is also celebrated as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

    “Our office will be closed on August 12 and 13, and will reopen on August 16,” Phuket Immigration Chief Col Panuwat Ruamrak confirmed to the Gazette.

    Thai embassies and consulates abroad will also be closed August 12.

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    readers are advised to check with their local embassy or consulate to confirm whether it will be closed on August 13.

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    it's something of a tradition for singers to appear on stage with their mothers around the 12th who sing along with them. Sounds awful, but actually quite touching unless you have a heart of stone. Here is Gung Suttiratt, likay and luktung singer with his mum this evening.


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    I would like to wish all the related Teakdoor member mothers a happy and safe day.

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    our across-the-road neighbour has had a fit of section-tidying. A final burst saw the house painting completed on Thursday, trees trimmed, and this morning - at 6am thankyou - used a petrol brush-cutter to trim the front hedges.
    Now has two large blue "Queen's" flags at the entranceway and came across to give us one for outside this house, and said today is cleaning day in preparation for the 12th.
    Between now and then i expect some dreadful pollution from bonfires as the cleared rubbish is disposed of.
    But all very nice; I know his mother is deceased so it's all for the Queen and his wife/mum to their 2 kids. Mine died in 1986 - gets to the point it's hard to remember, sadly.
    There are workers with brushcutters doing the roadsides now.
    The singing worries me a little though. I can play Pink Floyd 'Mother' as my contribution, one of my favourite tunes.
    Ramble complete.

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    Nong Nooch Gardens prepares for Mothers Day parade

    Nong Nooch Gardens prepares for Mothers Day parade
    Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand celebrates her birthday on 12th August and as part of the celebrations Nong Nooch gardens located in Jomtien will hold their annual Queen’s parade led by a group of elephants and their offspring.

    On Monday Morning they held a mock-up of the parade to fine-tune the plans for the day itself.

    As part of the ceremony, the baby elephants must pay their respects to Her Majesty by placing garlands on a cenotaph.

    We looked on as each of the elephants carefully placed the garlands with pin-point accuracy apart from one who clearly needs some additional training.

    This will be followed by the presentation of garlands by baby elephants to their mothers.

    Once again this garland transfer took place with some exchange problems which staff at Nong Nooch assures us will be rectified by the 12th August.

    If you are in Pattaya on 12th August we recommend you visit the Nong Nooch Gardens to see this unique Queen’s Birthday parade.

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    no alcohol?

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    Phuket celebrates HM The Queen's Birthday

    Phuket celebrates HM The Queen's Birthday

    Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop and his wife Thaisika plant a Yang Na tree as Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupapana (left) looks on.

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop on Monday presided over the opening of a project to plant 999 Yang Na trees at Rama IX Park as part of activities in honor of HM The Queen’s Birthday tomorrow.

    The event, which began at 9am, also included the release of 9,999 “effective micro-organism” (EM) balls into ponds at the park, also known as Suan Luang.

    EM technology uses a laboratory cultured mixture of microorganisms, which are believed by their proponents to benefit whatever environment they are introduced into.

    Among the many dignitaries present were Gov Wichai’s wife Thaisika, who attended in her capacity as President of the Phuket chapter of the Thai Red Cross Society, and Phuket City Municipality Mayor Somjai Suwansupapana.

    Representatives of many different government offices attended, as did students from Plookpanya School, which is administered by the municipality

    For more information about the project read the earlier report by clicking here.

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    Sattahip - Turtles and baby Sharks released into the Sea to honor Her Majesty The Qu

    Turtles and baby Sharks released into the Sea to honor Her Majesty The Queen


    Turtles and sharks were released into the sea on Tuesday Afternoon to celebrate the Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

    The event took place at the Sattahip Navy base and was presided over by Admiral Supagon, the Commander of the base.

    He began by paying homage to Her Majesty in a short ceremony.

    He then joined others at the beach and led the release of 779 turtles into the sea.

    This was followed by the release of 90 baby sharks.

    This is one of many events which will take place over the next few days in Pattaya and surrounding districts to mark this auspicious occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post

    This was followed by the release of 90 baby sharks.
    How appropriate.

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    HM the Queen, says HM the King's health is strong
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    HM the Queen, in her annual birthday speech, says HM the King's health is strong, and that he is pleased with people wishing him well

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    Pattaya celebrates Mothers Day

    Pattaya celebrates Mothers Day


    Thursday 12th August was Mothers Day here in Thailand, where the entire Kingdom celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirigit’s birthday.

    As part of the formal celebrations for this event, in the grounds of Banglamung City Hall, Khun Mongkol, the Chief of Banglamung District led an early morning ceremony which was attended by nine Buddhist Monks who began with a short religious ceremony.

    All this in front of a 5 meter high portrait of Her Majesty.

    We also went to the Tamsamakee Temple in South Pattaya early on Thursday where a mass merit-making ceremony was held where families made offerings to the Monks in celebration of the Birthday of Her Majesty.

    A similar ceremony was held in temples around Thailand to mark this important day.


    Her Majesty the Queen encourages families to come together on the occasion of her Birthday and the Central Festival Pattaya Beach held an event on Thursday Morning where children were given the opportunity to pay their respects to their mothers.

    A Thai traditional dancing display followed at the well-attended event, presided over by Khun Itipon, the Mayor of Pattaya.

    Early on Thursday Morning we made our way to the Sattahip Navy Base where Vice Admiral Reungrit, Deputy Commander of the navy Base officiated at the start of a 12km bike race featuring over 300 competitors.

    This fun event was organized to celebrate Her Majesties birthday and riders wore light blue T-shirts which is the official color of Her Majesty.

    There were many more events held in the Pattaya area and surrounding districts on Thursday, a day full of happiness and a chance for families to come together in celebration.

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    Very true to say that she is a great lady.
    An amazing figure of respect.
    Mother to the nation.
    Patron of many charities.
    Illuminator of the true heart of Buddhist compassion
    Royal in a majestic and serene way
    Excellent role model to all Thai parents.


    Happy Birthday Maam

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    I find it interesting that the original date for Mother's Day in the LOS was August 15; which is the date of the Assumption of Mary, celebrated as Mother's Day in many Catholic countries.

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    Mothers Day Parade at the Bali Hai Port

    Mothers Day Parade at the Bali Hai Port
    We continue our coverage now of the celebrations marking the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirigit’s birthday on Thursday 12th August.

    On Thursday evening and despite the torrential rain a parade took place at the Royal Garden Plaza and finished up at the Bali Hai Port at the South end of Pattaya Beach.

    This parade takes place every year and began the evening’s celebrations with over 1,000 participants including Police volunteers, civil volunteers and members of the public who were dressed in the Queen’s official color of light blue.

    The parade led followers to the Bali Hai Port where a stage, overlooked by a portrait of Her Majesty had been erected.

    Traditional Thai dancing displays and other stage entertainment had been organized and just before 8pm in a ceremony which was repeated around Thailand, a candlelight ceremony which included the recital of songs praising the life of Her Majesty took place.

    At 8pm a fireworks display took place which was a fitting end to the day’s activities.

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