Thai people throughout the kingdom will celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday on Wednesday, August 12.
Since 1976, as part of a campaign to promote the royal family and commemorate the beloved monarch’s birthday, the day is also celebrated as Mother’s Day. Given the central role of the family in Thai society, it is an important day for all Thais when everyone pays respect to their mothers as well as the revered queen.
While the day is a public holiday and government offices, banks, immigration etc. will be closed, no alcohol ban will be imposed and bars will be open as usual. Many entertainment venues may however close voluntarily for a day.
As every year in August, Thai households and public places will be decorated with colourful lights and portraits of Her Majesty, and there are processions throughout the streets at night.
This year, Pattaya’s annual Mother’s Day Parade will start at 5 p.m. at the Royal Garden Plaza mall on Pattaya Beach Road and will meander all the way down Walking Street to the Bali Hai Pier, where a ceremony in honour of Her Majesty will begin at 7 p.m.
The Pattaya Mail reports that the southern stretch of Pattaya Beach Road from Pattaya Klang southward, including all side-streets, will be closed for traffic from 3 p.m. until the parade reaches the Bali Hai pier.
UPDATE – While little is known about Queen Sirikit’s current health condition, the Bangkok Post reports that King Bhumibol has now “recovered from increased cerebrospinal fluid and lung inflammation.”
Following the king’s return to Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital at the end of May for a routine check-up, tests reportedly “found an increase in cerebrospinal fluid.”
While the king’s condition gradually improved in July, the Royal Household Bureau now reports for a first time that His Majesty also “had a high fever at times, significant phlegm, and faster breathing and pulse”, presumed to be resulting from previous lung inflammations.
The Bangkok Post now reports that follow-up tests showed “no signs of inflammation” any longer; His Majesty’s blood pressure, pulse and breathing had also “returned to normal”.
According to the Royal Household Bureau, a brain scan last week also found that “cerebrospinal fluid had dropped and nearly reached previous levels,” however, the king’s team of royal physicians “decided to maintain chest therapy until phlegm fell to a normal level”.