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06 August 2010 :: 12:08:26 pm 34481

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya: Happy Birthday Queen Sirikit

August 12th is a very special day for the people of Thailand, as it is the birthday of their beloved queen, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. In commemoration of Her Majesty, this day is also recognized as National Mother's Day. Her Majesty, together His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej, command the love, reverance and loyal among all Thai people.
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Mother’s Day by Dr. Iain Corness

My Mother is 93 and lives in the north of Scotland.  I think about her every day, but even more on Mother’s Day.  A day to honor ‘Mothers’ is celebrated in most countries of the world, and Thailand is no different in that, with the most popular world date this year being May 9th – however, Thailand has a unique date for Mother’s Day, being August 12th.

In the UK, Mothering Sunday is three weeks before Easter Sunday.  It is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one’s mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.  Historians believe that young apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families.  It is still recognized in the historical sense by some churches, with attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus Christ as well as the traditional concept of ‘Mother Church’.

In Thailand, between 1950 and 1976, April 15 was to be regarded as the Thai National Mother’s Day according to the Cabinet’s directive issued on February 23, 1950.  Consequently, the first official national celebration of Mother’s Day in Thailand was observed on April 15, 1950, by the Office of the National Culture Commission.  This celebration was a great success, and in order to pay homage to ‘Mothers’ and to make Mother’s Day important, Field Marshal P. Phibulsongkram declared Mother’s Day as ‘National Mother’s Day’ and an official holiday.

Like so much in Thailand, however, the origin of the current Thai Mother’s Day is also unique, not being part of any religious festival or belief.  It is said that it started being celebrated in 1976 following a campaign by the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Prem Tinsulanonda, to promote Thailand’s Royal family, and is celebrated on August 12th the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is regarded as the Mother of the nation.

According to the Thai Ministry of Culture, National Mother’s Day, is regarded as one of the most important and memorable days for the Thai people.  A ‘white jasmine’ is considered the emblem of kindness and love of a mother.  This is because its white color represents the essence of purity which implies that a mother’s love for her children is pure, and the scent of jasmine symbolizes the true love of a mother which is infinite and unchangeable.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is also celebrating Mother’s Day, so if it is time (or overdue) for your Mother to have a check-up, what a wonderful way for you to say, “I love you Mum.”

Special Promotion from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya:

1. You are advised not to eat or drink (other than water) for 8 – 10 hours before examination

2. Available at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya only from August 1 – 31, 2010

3. Any package bought up to August 31, 2010 can be used up to September 30, 2010.

For your convenience, please make a prior appointment at 0-3825-9999

We look forward to seeing you soon – Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

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