The Origin of Mother’s Day in Thailand

With Mother’s day approaching it is time once more to show our Mothers how much we care about them by rushing to the closest shopping centre at the last minute to buy a sentimental card and what we hope will be an appropriate gift. Mother’s day is the one time of the year when everyone can show their appreciation for the person who delivered them into this world, a time when we can shower that special woman who took care of us throughout our lives and nagged us when we didn’t do our household chores.

Mother’s day originated in the United States in the early 20th Century. Technically it is not related to older maternal traditions that date back thousands of years, such as the Roman festival Hilaria or the Mothering Sunday holiday celebrated by Christians, but it has since been associated with these events.

Mother’s day in America first started in 1908, when a woman named Anna Jarvis wanted to commemorate her deceased Mother’s work as a peace activist. The holiday soon took off, not just in America, but all around the world. Anna Jarvis soon became angry due to the commercialization of the holiday. She viewed it as just another way big companies could profit and she attempted to rescind the holiday, but to no avail.

Mother’s Day around the world falls on different days, depending on the country. In most countries it is during the months of March or May but in Thailand, Mother’s day falls on Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday and is celebrated all across the nation. Each year a national holiday is declared on her Majesty’s birthday, which is the 12th of August, and special ceremonies are held for the wonderful occasion.

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