Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way, we know that the whole of Britain is going to be gearing up for Christmas, and that’s certainly true in the South Downs’ favourite Thai restaurant, Thai Terre. As you may remember from a previous blog , most Thai people are Buddhist, but Buddhism is very accepting of other cultures and religious beliefs, and we love a celebration as much as the next man. In fact, if you check back here in December, our next blog will be about just that!
However, December is a time of celebration in Thailand for other reasons as well. December 5th will be the eighty-eighth birthday of King BhumibolAdulyadej, who holds a special place in the hearts of his people for the service he has provided to them in his sixty-nine year reign. On this day Thai people will adorn their houses with the Thai flag, hold ceremonies and prayers for the king, and many people will decorate their houses and streets with yellow flowers and wear yellow clothing, as this is the king’s colour. In the capital of Bangkok people will take to the streets in celebration, and the evening will see fireworks displays up and down the country.Because King BhumibolAdulyadej is seen as the father of the Thai people, December 5th is also Father’s Day and Thai people will honour their fathers and grandfathers with the gift of a canna flower.
As if this wasn’t enough, just five days later, on December 10th, Thailand celebrates Constitution Day. On this day in 1932 a period of great uncertainty and upheaval came to an end when King Prajadhipok signed the constitution which brought about the political stability and prosperity Thailand now enjoys . Constitution Day is a national holiday on which the Thai people will hold celebrations and honour their current and former kings.
But don’t worry – while we will each, in our own way, be honouring our fathers and our country of origin, at Thai Terre it will be business as usual as we serve up the very best Thai cuisine to our customers.