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The Children Day is said
"WAN DEK" - วันเด็กแห่งชาติ
in Thai language. Thai Children Day festivities lasts one day.
During this day, feasts organized by children
happen. Children are highly respected in Thailand.
In a bus, an adult often gives his seat to a child but may not
give it to an elderly person. This day always happens
on the second saturday of January.
In the past, movies were opening their doors and
offering free movies for children on that day.
First time to have Thai Children Day was in year 1955.
It was on the first Monday of October month. The idea was launched
by the King of Thailand and the Thai prime minister to show that children
were the most important asset of Thailand.
Slogan were launched such as "the children are the future of Thailand",
"Smart children mean prospering country"... In year 1965, the Children Day
was changed to be the second saturday of January.
Various activities are organized depending on the school.
It can be a visit to a zoo or a visit to old city such as Ayuthaya.
It can be an event happening on the school compound and involving
Thai army or Thai police.
On the school compound, various mobile shops
are selling snacks, sweets, balloons, toys and clothes for children.
On Children Day, Thai people often replace heir Facebook profile image
by a picture when they were a child.
Government House or other national buildings are opened to children
on that special day.