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Cover story: 25 Nov.
Vol. 25 No.16
Birthday & National Father's Day 5 December
By By Rachawadi
Photos by Royal Courtesy

Thailand had a National Mother's Day as early as 1950, but did not have a National Father's Day until 30 years later. One of the reasons for setting a day apart to emphasize the role of father in the family is this: In 1976, the government decided to move the date of Mother's Day from the 15th of April to the 12th of August to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday, since the Queen was regarded as a model mother, having done her role as the mother of four children superbly.

His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand

Later, an idea occurred to many people that there should be a National Father's Day to go with National Mother's Day, and that the most appropriate date to be fixed as Father's Day would be His Majesty King Bhumibol's birthday on the 5th of December, because the King is a role model not only as a king, but also as a father.

A formal proposal to this effect was put forward by Khunying Nueathip Semorathip, chairman of the Educational Volunteers Association, and was adopted by the Council of Ministers. And the 5th of December 1980 was celebrated as National Father's Day for the first time.

To understand why King Bhumibol is held as a role model, here is a brief story of his life.

The King was born in 1927 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father Prince Mahidol of Songkhla was studying medicine at Harvard. At that time there seemed little likelihood of his ever becoming king, since King Prajadhipok, though heirless then, was still young at 34 years of age. So, ahead of Prince Bhumibol in the line of succession were any children the King might have, Prince Mahidol himself and his elder son Prince Ananda.

Top left: The late Princess Mother
and the young Prince Bhumibol
Top right: Prince Ananda (left)
and Prince Bhumibol (right)
Above: The Princess Mother with
her three royal children: (from left)
Prince Ananda, Princess Galyani Vadhana
and Prince Bhumibol

However, Prince Mahidol died prematurely in 1929, and King Prajadhipok abdicated in 1935 still without a son. Prince Ananda, then a 10-year-old pupil in Switzerland, was chosen as king. A few months after his return to Thailand in 1945, the young King tragically died in the Grand Palace, still unmarried. Thus, Prince Bhumibol, then 19, became the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty.

After attending his brother's funeral, the young King went back to Lausanne and changed his university studies from natural science to political science and law to prepare himself for his new duties.
Two years later in 1948 while on a visit to Fontainebleau, he met his future wife, the lovely Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, the daughter of the then Thai Minister to France. Their friendship increased after the King met with a road accident in Geneva. Then on 19 July 1949 they became engaged.

Their Majesties the King and
Queen on their Royal Wedding Day

The Royal Couple were married in Bangkok on 28 April 1950 and seven days later His Majesty was crowned. During the coronation he took the Oath of Succession to the Throne: "We will reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Thai people". Those words have been borne out by his activities ever since.
Although a revolution in 1932 changed Thailand's absolute monarchy into a constitutional monarchy, this has in no way diminished the reverence the Thai people have traditionally held for their kings. In fact, the great respect, admiration and love they have for His Majesty King Bhumibol have increased with the time since his coronation.

The coronation ceremony in 1950

Such deep affection has in large part been inspired by the King's gracious concern for the welfare of his subjects as evidenced by the hundreds of "Projects Undertaken Through Royal Initiative", ranging from the hilltribe crop substitution to artificial rainmaking, from reafforestation to irrigation, from medical care to natural disaster relief.
His Majesty's deep interest in the well-being of his people is also shown by his frequent personal contact with them in order to keep in touch with as many of his subjects as possible.

The Thais always feel grateful to
H.M. the King for his hard work for them.

In addition to his kindness and benevolence, King Bhumibol has many other good qualities that justify the reverence held for him by his people. For example, he has exercised a stabilizing influence in Thai politics and has shown his sagacity during national crisis. He has many-sided talents for arts, science, sports and languages. He speaks English, French and German fluently.

The King is a worldly-known
accomplished composer and musician.

He is an accomplished composer and musician. His Falling Rain, The Candle Light Blues, Near Dawn and Love at Sundown are among the most popular songs of this country. He won the gold medal in yachting in the Southeast Asia Peninsula Games in 1967.

The UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to
H.M. the King in 2006.

His meritorious deeds are recognized world- wide as is evidenced by his many awards presented by international organizations. One of the awards is the UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the global relevance of his call for a sufficiency approach to development, presented by United Nations Development Programme on 26 May 2006.

Buildings are beautifully decorated
with thousands of colourful lights.

In honour of the great services His Majesty had done to his country and people, the Thai government in 1960 named His Majesty's birthday on 5 December as National Day.

It is celebrated most enthusiastically throughout the country every year, especially in Bangkok. Buildings along Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the other main roads are decorated with thousands of colourful lights, flags and portraits of the King for several days. There are all-night festivities at Sanam Luang next to the Grand Palace on the eve of the King's birthday, joined by Bangkokians and provincials numbering hundreds of thousands.

For the correct pronunciation of romanized Thai words, see
Romanization System of the Thai Language.

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