Colourful Thailand

20 11 2007

I have been thinking why Thailand is so colourful lately? Does it necessary to dress in colour of the day – yellow for Monday, pink for Tuesday, green for Wednesday, Orange for Thursday, blue for Friday, purple for Saturday and red for Sunday??? Who benefit the most from this colourful phenomenon in Thailand?

sonthi-protest-3.jpegThe yellow phenomenon began during the 2006 celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 60th anniversary on the throne. Thais are wearing yellow to show their respect for the monarchy. In Buddhist tradition, yellow symbolizes Monday and Monday is the day the King was born. The yellow colour was also used as a tool to gain popular support during the demonstration led by the media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul with the slogan “We will Fight for the King”.

king-in-pink.jpg However, in November 2007 Thailand has turned pink as the King dressed in pink blazer when he was out of the Siriraj Hospital on 7th November. That was the beginning of the pink phenomenon. An astrologers later announced it an auspicious colour for the King’s 80th year. Pink will be on a royal emblem specially designed for his birthday on 5th December.


…and a few days later on his way out of the same hospital upon his visit to his elder sister who is being treated there, he appeared in green and then in blue jacket…

pink-green-shirt.jpgWhile the yellow phenomenon is understandable and can be easily acceptable, the pink, green and blue are rather questionable. Do we really need to dress in those colours? It also shows how superstitious the Thais can be.



One response

24 12 2007

I have to admit I’m glad I missed out on the pink phenomenon you mentioned above. The yellow that they made us wear up in my little office in the villages was bad enough.

At first I found it all rather delightful, the colors that is. But after a few years I think that much brightness just became too much.

Thanks for entertaining read (and resurgence of odd memories)!



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