Thailand will celebrate Mother’s Day and the birthday of the Thai king’s mother next Sunday, the 12 of August. A lot of Thai people will be heading down to their local district offices to join in ceremonies and other activities to mark the 86th birthday of Queen Sirikit. Some people will visit Buddhist temples in order to tam boon (make merit) for the queen on this auspicious day.
When Thailand first introduced Mother’s Day in 1950 it was in April. The date was moved to the 12 August in 1976 to mark Queen Sirikit’s birthday. The day is an official national holiday. As it falls on a Sunday in 2018, the national holiday will be next Monday, the 13 August. Government offices, post offices and some bank branches will be closed on Monday, but immigration checkpoints and the majority of commercial enterprises will open as normal.