Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, celebrated as the Mother of all Thai people.
The Thai queen was born on August 12th, 1932 and married HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on April 28th, 1950. Well known for her charity work, Queen Sirikit is also the honorary president of the Thai Red Cross which is a post she has held since 1956.
In rural Thailand, Mother’s Day celebrations are held at most local Schools. The location and events make the day as much about children as their mothers. Since Mother’s Day is a school holiday and this year August 12th falls on a monday, school celebrations were held in our area on Friday, August 9th.
The most important part of today’s Mother’s Day ceremony is when the children get to honor their mothers. Chairs are set up, and small groups of mothers come to the front and the children kneel at their moms feet and show respect. This only lasts a second, as the mothers pull their children forward to embrace them. I think it is very touching.