Father’s Day Thailand

This is a celebration to honor fathers, male parenting and fatherhood. Most of the countries around the world celebrate this day on the 3rd Sunday of June. Other countries celebrate father’s day but on a different month and day. We will touch a bit of history about this event. This day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement the Mother’s Day. This was founded in Spokane, Washington at YMCA in 1910.

In Thailand, Father’s Day is set for the King’s birthday. Today’s king is Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and his birthday is on December 5. The Thais traditionally celebrate this by giving all fathers a Canna flower or Dok Buddha Ruksa. A canna flower is considered by the Thais a masculine flower but this does not happen anymore this day. What they do now is wearing a yellow shirt to show their respect to the King. Yellow because it is the color of the day, which is Monday, when the King was born? In the year 2007 it was changed into pink, when Thais saw the King left a hospital wearing a baby pink blazer.

In most countries, they show their love and honor to their fathers by giving gifts like greeting cards or anything that depicts masculinity. Some treat their fathers out and go fishing with them. This is the best time for us to show our fathers how thankful we are for being so responsible. A simple hug, kiss and by saying I love you is enough to show how grateful you are to have a father who takes good care of you. On the internet, there are a lot of ways on how to celebrate this day with your father. It ranges from expensive getaways to an expense-free dinner at home. It mostly depends on how you want to make your father special.

On a personal note, I haven’t celebrated father’s day with father ever since my parents were separated. I was 5 when that awful day happened. So I never really know how it feels like honoring fathers or fatherhood. My father was not there to be honored or to be grateful for, he abandoned us for someone else. I never hated him for doing so, time just healed the wounds and it lets me accept the fact that he’ll never stand up to his responsibilities to us. With that, I still thank him for the genes and for bringing me out into this world. If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be here rocking the world! That’s why it is best to honor your father dear now that you still have time to do so. Even this event only happens once a year, it wouldn’t hurt if you at least spare some time for your father this day. A huge hug could take all the muscle pain he is feeling right now and a big kiss is good enough to take all the stress he is facing right now at work. Go and make him feel special!

Happy father’s day to all the Daddies out there!


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