HM Queen Sirkit, a mother herself, is revered as the Mother of all mothers in the Kingdom, so it’s only logical to mark her birthday August 12 as Mother’s Day. (See our full tribute to HM the Queen here).
Prior to 1976, Thais officially celebrated Mother’s Day on April 15, at least since 1950.
Another day in Thailand that is customary to show appreciation to one’s mother is on one’s own birthday.
The logic behind this is that your mother devoted nine months (give or take) to carry you around in her womb. Ask any mother about the pain and suffering they endured during, before and after labour, and you’ll get a better idea of the nature of a mother’s unconditional love for their child.
Indeed, you would not have any birthday at all if it weren’t for your mother’s weeks, months and years of pain and suffering, ensuring you had/have the best opportunities in life.
No one is perfect, not everyone has the best opportunities or financial means, but we can rest assured that all mothers do the utmost within their means to ensure the best outcome.
It is ever-common in the age of “selfie” for Generation Y to celebrate themselves on their birthday, by throwing a birthday party or having meal and cake. Perhaps this world would be better if we all honoured the traditional Thai birthday custom.
On your next birthday, The Phuket News encourages you to show your appreciation to your mother – in person or spirit. Cancel the birthday party, make a date with mum. Buy or cook her dinner, thanking her for everything she did/does for you.
Bringing us to the third occasion Thais – and everyone else – should show appreciation to mum. Every other day. Today. Tomorrow. You don’t really need a special occasion to be grateful for mum, do you? What are you waiting for, call her now if you can.
And if you already missed your chance, call someone else who has acted as mother to you at some time. She’ll definitely appreciate the call.