Mother’s Day in Thailand is doubly special. It is celebrated on the Queen’s birthday, August 12th and everyone has a day off to celebrate properly!
On the day before the event, schools in Thailand typically host a Mother’s Day ceremony. Students spend weeks beforehand rehearsing performances and dances. Mothers come to see the shows, and are then treated to their children kneeling before them to thank them for all that they do – and it’s not uncommon for all parties involved to shed a few tears!
In the morning of Mother’s Day itself, ceremonies are held to give offerings of food and other alms to Thailand’s saffron-robed Buddhist monks. Prayers and various devotions are offered up for mothers (and the Queen, who is considered to be the mother of the land)
The traditional Mother’s Day gift in Thailand is jasmine. This delicate white flower is imbued with a sweet perfumed fragrance. Called “dok mali” in Thai, jasmine is used in worship and is also seen as symbol of purity, gentleness and motherhood. Jasmine is sold as single blossoms in markets as well as part of exquisitely crafted flower garlands. Mums will often receive the more commonly heard of treats too – handmade cards and jewellery, or delicious meals out!
Of course that is our favourite way to celebrate Mother’s here in the U.K – spoilt rotten with a slap up meal at their favourite restaurant – and here in East Dean and Uckfield, that’s obviously Thai Terre. If you can’t book a table, why not phone in for the finest Thai take away on the South Coast?!