H.M Queen’s Birthday & Mothers Day
The Queen’s birthday is a National Holiday in Thailand held annually on 12 August unless this is a weekend when the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.
Sirikit was born on 12 August 1932, she met Bhumibol (the King of Thailand) in Paris, where her father was the Thai ambassador and they were married on 28 April 1950, a week before the King's official coronation.
Across Thailand, buildings are decorated to honour their queen but in Bangkok they really go to town with buildings and streets festooned with coloured lights, flowers and portraits of the queen.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Thailand in April 1950 in a similar fashion to the growing international celebration but in 1976, the custom of Mother’s Day was changed to 12 August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.