Mother’s Day in Thailand

First I would like to wish Her Majesty the Queen a happy birthday! As she is regarded as a mother to all Thais, we also celebrate 12th August as National Mother’s Day. At school yesterday, the students took part in a special ceremony to honour Her Majesty. But, also to pay homage to their own mothers. representative mothers for each class were presented with jasmine garlands by their children. Then the special Mother’s Day songs were sung. It was all very emotional and there was hardly a dry eye amongst the people present.

After witnessing this public display of emotion, I was surprised to see the following poll published in The Nation newspaper this morning. It seemed to suggest that relationships with mothers had fallen in the last few years. I am not sure how true that is from what I have seen with my own eyes.

Quality of mother-child relations has dropped: poll

Bangkok women have become laxer in their attitudes to discipline over the past three generations, and their children admit feeling uneasy about having to say “Thank you” and “Sorry” to their mothers and grandmothers, a poll revealed yesterday.

The poll, conducted last Monday to Wednesday, also detected fissures in the mother-child relationship, with children seeing less and less of their mothers on a daily basis. Many of 1,245 respondents, grandmothers, mothers and children aged 12 to 24, said they wanted to say sorry to their mothers, mostly for making rude and abusive remarks to them, Abac Poll’s Noppadol Kannika told a press conference yesterday.

One-third of the children aged between 12 and 15 said they felt uneasy about having to say “Thank you” and “Sorry” to their mothers in front of others, as did 20.6 per cent of those aged between 16 and 19 and 27.3 per cent of those aged between 20 and 24 years, Noppadol said.

Those who had met and spoken to their mothers on a daily basis in the past three months went down from last year’s survey’s 63.6 per cent to 46.4 per cent, while those who had not went up from last year’s 8.1 per cent to 23.7 per cent, Noppadol said.

Over half of those polled said they had never exercised with their mothers, 46.1 per cent had never taken their mothers to movies, and 31.2 per cent had never travelled with their mothers.

Mother's Day

8 responses to “Mother’s Day in Thailand

  1. I think the poll, with its relatively very limited sample, may have some truth in Bangkok where many people call somewhere else “home”, but it is probably not true elsewhere. (Well hopefully, anyway !)
    Happy Birthday to HM Queen with best wishes for good health in the year coming, for Herself and Her Husband, the King.

  2. Thank you for that, Richard. We had a celebration today at my local wat (in New Zealand). Even after reading your blog I was totally unprepared for the depth of emotion that it brought to the surface for everyone there. Your pictures capture the feelings so well.

  3. Steve Suphan

    On Friday at our school, like every school in Thailand – we too had a ceremony to mark Mother’s Day.

    As the ceremony was finishing one of the teachers got on the stage with her acoustic guitar and sung a redition of ‘Loso’s’ modern classic ‘Mae’. Just like at Richard’s school, half the youngsters burst into tears.

    Must admit, i had a bit of a laugh – but at the same time it was all very cute.

    Let me take the opportunity to wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday and a speedy recovery after her eye operations.

  4. y the children crying?

  5. ok everyone please forgive me…i didnt read carefully

  6. I don’t know why I feel uncomfortable saying “sorry” to my mum even when no one else around. May be, I don’t want to face the fact that I hurt her or disappoint her.I have to agree with the poll. The more I grow up, the more distance between me and my mum.

  7. On Mothers Day in Thailand. People usually give a gift of white flowers since it symbolizes a mothers pure love. White flowers are given as a symbol of purity in many cultures usually at weddings. In this case purity being the love of a mother to her children.

  8. In responding to the poll, I think is time for Thailand to change their edu system.
    a. too early to school or kintergarden – 2 -3 years started, and from 9am – 3pm. The time spend with their mother is significantly less!
    b. working mother too focus on their work, even carry work back home, or go internet rather than spend quality time with their children.

    You may question me based on what I said. I am a non Thai father with 2 Thai children, staying in Thailand almost 4 years.

    May be this web owner can do a poll on my above observations, see how many percent of people agree or disagree.

    Thank you.