If I would have been living back home in Holland – tonight would have been spend with family and friends celebrating Sinterklaas. My nephews and nieces would be all excitedly waiting for Sinterklaas to arrive and leave some great gifts. But I am not in Holland, so I won’t be doing that tonight. However, we do celebrate something else here in Thailand, as today is the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned Thailand since 1946, making him the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thai history. This obviously is something to celebrate! And that is what is being done here today.
During this time of the year Thailand is looking more colourful than normal, as buildings across the country display flags and portraits of the King, and on the sides of the roads you’ll see many yellow (the royal color, and associated with Mondays – which is the day of the week on which King Bhumibol was born) and Thai flags. It’s a colourful affair!
And as it’s the King’s birthday – who is also seen as the Father of his nation – the Thai also celebrate Father’s day. And so people will offer their fathers and grandfathers flowers to show their appreciation!
I hope everyone will celebrate this day in style, and off course: Long Live the King!