the Queen's Birthday (Mothers' Day)
Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday on August 12 is a public
holiday, celebrated nationwide as Mother's Day. Individual
people and organizations raise flags and portraits of Her
Majesty in Bangkok and all over the kingdom.
M.R. Sirikit Kitiyakara in 1932, Her Majesty the Queen has
captured the hearts of the Thai people through her devotion
to improving the welfare and well-being of her subjects. The
Queen is perhaps best known for her efforts in reviving many
of Thailand's folk arts and crafts. Her Majesty's SUPPORT
Foundation (Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary
Occupations and Related
Techniques) has expanded progressively since its establishment
in 1976 to include craft shops in the city and popular tourist
areas, and two Thai Folk Arts and Crafts Training Centers
at Chitralada Villa and at Bangsai in Ayutthaya.
Her Majesty's birthday, one of the best places to join in
the celebrations is on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue and
the areas around the Grand Palace, which are festooned with
colorful lights, flowers and portraits for this special occasion.
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