Special Colours of Thai (Representing Thailand, Tradition, Culture and their Love of Royalty through clothing)
Yes, there is a colour for each day!
If you have not been to Thailand, and maybe not had any connection with their Buddhist beliefs, then you are probably completely unaware of this idea of Thai day colours. This is not so much about traditional Thai clothes per say, but what these traditional colours represent to Thai people. In fact, often if you are born on a specific day, then that day's colour becomes your Thai day colour.
The colours of Thai people are set out as follows:
- Monday = Yellow
- Tuesday = Pink
- Wednesday = Green
- Thursday = Orange
- Friday = Blue
- Saturday = Purple
- Sunday = Red
Each colour will normally be worn by the people on the specific days, particularly in the governmental office scenario. This is actually linked to what was Thai traditional wear, worn in honor of the particular solar gods for each day, or various depictions of Buddha (full information on Thai birthday colours can be read here). Each god/Buddhist of the day would also represent certain characteristics that it is believed the person born on that day would represent.
Although in modern Thailand this is not as strict as it was, it is still important to remember two particular colours about Thai culture. These are the colours of the birthdays for the King and Queen of Thailand. This is connected with the Buddhist Thai calendar and as the country loves the royal family here, they are keen to show this through the wearing of their Birthday colours. Hence, the wearing of yellow for the King and blue for the Queen are the most commonly honored across Thailand for this colour system and Thai people love it when they see visitors wearing the special royal yellow or blue shirts. However, if this is in Bangkok and any protests are occurring, you may want to avoid the wearing of yellow, as unfortunately there are currently some political issues regarding red and yellow. That said, Thai are normally wonderfully welcoming and tolerant for foreigners and so it is extremely unlikely that a tourist would ever have a problem regarding this.
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