Mother's Day is a special celebration in many countries across the world. However, the celebration holds extra significance in Thailand because it is celebrated on August 12, the same date as the Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday.
This year, the regular bank holiday has been extended by one day to make a four-day weekend from August 9-12, a decision taken by the National Council for Peace and Order in an attempt to boost the Kingdom's tourism sector. A four-day weekend offers domestic tourists the chance to take longer trips in the country, whether they are visiting family or enjoying some downtime on one the islands.
Mother's Day was initially introduced to Thailand in 1950, and the date was changed to 12 August in 1976 to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is celebrated as the Mother of all Thai people. Typically, households are decorated with festive lights, decorations and portraits of the Queen.
Mother's Day customs in Thailand illustrate the deep roots of cultural tradition in the Kingdom. Typically, families get up early to participate in alms giving ceremonies at the local temple. Following this, children will kneel down before their mothers to present them with jasmine garlands to show their gratitude. In return, the mother will bless her children.
In the evening, the global tradition of taking your mother out for a nice meal on Mother's Day is also followed in Thailand and many hotels and restaurants across the Kingdom offer special menus and promotions on the day. Celebrations are often rounded off with country-wide candle lighting ceremonies and firework displays and this year will be no different, as the historical city of Sukothai is set to present a firework extravaganza on the evening of August 9 as part of Mother's Day celebrations. Â
The show aims to showcase the glorious history and culture of this ancient Thai capital as the source of national heritage, said Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The celebrations in Bangkok are predicted to be equally spectacular, with candle-holding crowds set to gather in Sanam Luang to honour Queen Sirikit. The glow of specially decorated temples across the city will also be a remarkable sight.
For international visitors, Thailand offers plenty of options for mothers who want to wind down and enjoy Mother's Day with a little relaxation. A private villa is the ideal setting for mums to enjoy a well-earned day off. With the help of a dedicated villa manager, it is simple for guests to hire the services of a personal chef and private masseuse so mother can enjoy some pampering her special day.