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The 12 August is Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday or
วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าฯ พระบรมราชินีนาถ
in Thai language. This public holiday is celebrated nationwide as Mother's Day
("WAN MAE HENG CHAT" - วันแม่แห่ชาติ). The Queen is considered as
the mother of all Thai people.
One of the best places to join in the celebrations is on
Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the areas around the Grand Palace.
In 2003 a huge Thai classical music concert was
organized in front of Wat Ratchanatda.
Premier General P. Pibulasongkram first introduced Mother's Day
to Thailand in 1950 when the day was celebrated on April 15.
On this day, a religious ceremony
was held alongside a National Mother contest and Mother's Day Slogan competition. In
however, April 15 was replaced by Her Majesty the Queen's birthday on August 12.
The Avenue Ratchadamnoen Klang, which is containing many administrative buildings,
is festooned with colorful lights. This street ends to Sanam Luang, the area in front
of Wat Phra Kaew.
In the middle of the avenue Ratchadamnoen Klang, many huge and beautiful
portraits of the Queen are displayed.
To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's birthday, fireworks happen near Sanam Luang area.
Then hundred of thousands Thai people
gather in Sanam Luang.
In Sanam Luang, the area in front of the Grand Palace, free huge
concerts are organised. It is a great honour for singers to be
invited to sing in concerts dedicated to the Queen. There are also
popular "LIKAY" performances.
Every kind of Thai music
is played such as Molam, Thai country music, pop, Disco Dance
and also every kind of singers from very old one to teenagers in order
to give satisfaction to the crowd.