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Special Colours of Thai (Representing Thailand, Tradition, Culture and their Love of Royalty through clothing)

Updated on May 15, 2017

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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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Another interesting cultural aspect of Thailand considering wearing specific key colors on each day of the week! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Thai culture with us. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      This hub is very interesting to me. I like to read about other people and places when it is written by someone who has been there and experienced what they are writing about. The only thing here is that I was born on a Sunday and I'm a purple person . . . Red is good, but I love purple. ;)

      Voted you up, interesting, and beautiful, because all the colors in your photos are just that. Will share with my followers also.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      The colors are indeed amazing! Thank you!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Interesting to have some cultural insights of people from different parts of the world

      Thanks for sharing

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very enlightening, i had no idea such birthday colors existed in Thailand. thanks for passing the info on!! I wonder if the fact i have always loved green is linked? Must check which day i was born.!!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I didn't know about the colors and the days of the week. Interesting. I know they like yellow, especially for royal wear. Rating up and shared.

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      maheshpatwal 5 years ago from MUMBAI

      Brett very informative hubs about the love and fascination of thai people with their colors.........Will keep in mind that yellow and green is thai people's most fav color.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Very interesting! I will have to look up what day of the week I was born and see what color I am. I always love your hubs! I like learing information about different places in the world and you always share interesting info. Voted up and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very interesting about the colors being worn in Thailand and their meaning. I am learning so much from reading your hubs! Voted up, interesting and SHARING. Thanks!

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Brett, I had never heard of such thing, it's quite interesting, then I would be a purple... Anyway, that seems really colourful, which can be a bit of a problem if you are not into colours... Voted up and interesting!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Fascinating custom, and useful information if I ever get around to doing more than planning my dream of teaching in Thailand for a while :)

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      I've been to Thailand five times so far (and written five hubs about different aspects and places) but I've never heard of this! Interesting! I shall have to look out next time and see if I can discern a greater preponderance of a particular colour being worn on a particular day. The most important point however, is your last point - Thai people are tolerant and understanding of foreigners and don't normally take offence at any uninentional disrespect or cultural mistakes. It's a lovely country with nice people. Voted up.

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      Wow, this is fascinating, and exactly the sort of thing that only someone such as yourself who has lived there will know about. I really enjoyed this hub.

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      Wesley Meacham 5 years ago from Wuhan, China

      Good hub. I've not yet been to Thailand but it is on my list of places to visit before returning home. Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

      Enlightening. Thank you.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I never knew that color was so significant in Thai culture. I especially like the info about the royal family birthday colors. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a useful and interesting hub for anyone fairly new to Thailand. In the private school where I teach in the Bangkok area, all foreign teachers are encouraged to wear the appropriate color of the day, except when mourning the death of royalty when black should be worn. Voted up and sharing.

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      mackyi 5 years ago

      Thanks for another educational piece on Thailand. I really didn't know there is specific color of each day! This is definitely interesting. Voted up.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      So have I.....visited Thailand! But I guess you don't come to know of these being a tourist there. Thanks for the info., Brett..... Voting up.

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      Yourglobalgirl 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting. I have visited Thailand but never knew that.