Mother’s Day (วันแม่แห่งชาติ)


Mother’s Day Celebrations in Thailand

In Thailand, 12th of August is celebrated as the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit (Thai: สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ). As the Queen is also regarded as mother to all Thai people, this day is also celebrated as ‘Mother’s Day’ (วันแม่). The celebrations for the Queen and for mother are being held every year without cease since 1976.

A few weeks before Mother’s Day, people all around the country raise national flags and the blue flags which is the flag of the queen, also houses are decorate with the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. This is their way of expressing their loyalty and honor to her.

Similarly, local organizations are bedecked with her portraits, garlands, and colorful lights. In the capital city Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Sanam Luang, the area around Grand Palace is bedecked with colorful lights and firework display is an added attraction.

My mom and her three children. :)

My mom and her three children. 🙂

Thai people also take this day as an opportunity to thank our dear mothers for her unconditional love. Mother’s day morning in Thailand starts by giving alms to the monks. Following the Thai tradition, kids kneel down before their mother to show their love and gratitude. They present her with white jasmine flowers or garlands, in return, mother gives her blessings on kids. On this day, white jasmine flowers are a common sight in Thailand as they are the symbol of maternal love. The white color of the flower symbolizes purity of mother’s true love, which will never change. Charitable activities, donations, offering to monks are also an important part of the day to express child’s love and gratitude towards mother.

My little sister, brother and I normally buy our mom a gift.


Mother                                = แม่ [mâe]

Her Majesty the Queen = พระราชินี [prá raa-chí-nii]

firework                              = ดอกไม้ไฟ [dòrk-máai-fai]

jasmine flowers               = ดอกมะลิ [dòrk má-lí]



What do you do on your Mother’s Day?



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18 Responses to Mother’s Day (วันแม่แห่งชาติ)

  1. Sylvia 03/05/2017 at 02:31 #

    Dear Mod!

    Mother’s Day in Austria is coming up soon, and I would love to write a letter for my mom. She is from Thailand and I am half thai, but i just started learning how to write in thai, and I would really appreciate if you could maybe write some suggestions (phrases for mothers day like: “i love you mom” or “you are the best mom on earth”) down in thai. Maybe you have some great ideas!
    I think my mom would love it if I wrote something in her first language and I hope you can help me 🙂


    • Mod 06/06/2017 at 15:35 #

      Dear Sylvia,

      I am sorry for the delay in my response. I hope you and your mom had a lovely time together on Mother’s day. Although this is too late I will leave the Thai sentences you requested here in case you would like to use them in other occasion perhaps her birthday.
      I love you. ซิลเวียรักแม่ค่ะ
      You are the best mom on earth แม่เป็นแม่ที่ดีที่สุดในโลกเลยค่ะ
      I wish you happiness and health. ขอให้แม่มีความสุขมากๆและสุขภาพแข็งแรงนะคะ
      I am lucky to be your daughter ซิลเวียโชคดีที่ได้เกิดมาเป็นลูกแม่ค่ะ

      All the best,

  2. dinhquang 12/10/2014 at 10:14 #

    dù Việt Nam, may mi mother’ day, mi woman’ day woan 20/10

  3. dinhquang 12/10/2014 at 10:08 #

    Sa bai dee Mod
    phỏm pên Khon Việt Nam
    Thơ suồi mak, phỏm chóp Video khóng Mod mak

    • dinhquang 12/10/2014 at 10:10 #

      Khỏ thột, Sa wach dee mod, sa bai dee khóng pa sả Laod

  4. ไรอัน 12/08/2014 at 16:38 #

    Warm greeting from Indonesia to Thailand! Anyway, the tee worn by your little brother, there written BALI, which is in Indonesia. Great!

    • Mod 13/08/2014 at 11:30 #

      สวัสดีค่ะน้องไรอัน ขอบคุณมากนะคะ Mink went to Bali last year, he liked it a lot. 🙂

      • ไรอัน 14/08/2014 at 14:23 #

        สวัสดีครับพี่มด ไม่เป็นไรนะครับ
        I have Thai friends from ขอนแก่น University, do you live near ขอนแก่น?
        Your web is really great!!!

        • Mod 20/08/2014 at 16:43 #

          I live in Bangkok. I have a close friend living in ขอนแก่น too, just went to her wedding there a few months ago. 🙂
          Please continue to follow my lessons in the future. ขอบคุณค่ะ

          • ไรอัน 20/08/2014 at 21:09 #

            เอัา Happy wedding to your friend, may happiness always surround his/her new family!
            I really like your blog, so I will never miss any update. I have a plan to visit Thai, hope we can meet.

  5. Paco 12/08/2014 at 16:07 #


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    • Mod 13/08/2014 at 11:31 #

      ขอบคุณค่ะคุณคริส 🙂

  7. James 12/08/2013 at 15:00 #

    Great post! And enjoy the Mother’s Day celebrations today!

  8. Philip Mifsud 12/08/2013 at 12:35 #

    As allways so informative! Khap khun khrap maak maak

  9. fajar 11/08/2012 at 21:51 #

    khobkhun krab for your kind sharing. and of course, happy mother day! and i’ll wait for your video update on how to say it 😉

  10. bangkok 11/10/2011 at 00:01 #

    Really enjoyed this article, how can I make is so that I get an email every time there is a new post?

    • Mod 10/08/2012 at 11:31 #

      Sawatdee ka,

      Thank you for your kind words. Now you can sign up to my free newsletter at or subscribe to the RSS feed (it is on the top right column on my website) 🙂

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