BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: Thais will celebrate HM the Queen’s birthday, 12 August, as government officials attend Buddhist ceremonies and citizens across the county offer their best wishes.
It also Mother’s Day celebrated nation-wide with family reunions.
This year, Mother’s Day falls on a Saturday and this means the holiday extends to 14 August, which is a substitution day for the working population.
HM the Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara, is the mother of His Majesty the King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and queen consort of the Late HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Born 12 August 1932, she is 85.
Provinces organise special events to mark HM the Queen’s birthday, many of them organising “Bike for Mom” fun rides that attract thousands of cyclists.
The events also underscore an ongoing project to encourage Thais to cycle and take up exercise to improve health and build community spirit.
Children buy gifts for their mothers and families enjoy get-together parties with mothers the guests of honour.
Thailand’s resorts, particularly those close to the capital, will be packed with families, who take advantage of the long weekend to take a break at seaside resorts.
Airlines are overbooked Friday through to Tuesday as thousands travel to the provinces to enjoy a family reunion.
TTR Weekly will resume its daily online news service Tuesday 15 August.