A month-long celebration of Thai Women’s Day will take place throughout August in commemoration of the 80th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The celebration will be organized jointly by the National Council of Women of Thailand, under the royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, public and private organizations, and other women’s groups.
August is an important month for Thai people, as they celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, August 12, and Thai Women’s Day, 1 August, in honor of Her Majesty, who is recognized as Mother of the Land.
A group of members of the National Council of Women of Thailand met Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and members of the Cabinet on 24 July 2012 to present them with pins showing the logo of Thai Women’s Day. The logo depicts the cattleya “Queen Sirikit” orchid. The year 2012 is also special as it marks the 10th anniversary of the celebration of Thai Women’s Day, coinciding with the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th birthday.
Thai Women’s Day has been celebrated since 2003. The celebration was proposed jointly by the Ministry of Interior, the National Council of Women of Thailand, and women’s groups across the country. The Cabinet approved the designation of the day in July in the same year. The reason is that August 1 usually marks the start of activities carried out to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Her Majesty was then asked if she would grant permission for the annual observance of Thai Women’s Day to be in her honor on this occasion.
She assigned Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over the first celebration of Thai Women’s Day on 1 August 2003 at Ambhorn Gardens, Dusit Palace, in Bangkok. Later, Her Majesty granted permission for the use of the cattleya “Queen Sirikit” orchid as the symbol for Thai Women’s Day. This variety of orchid is one of the flowers bearing the royal name “Queen Sirikit” of Thailand, by Her Majesty’s royal consent.
Her Majesty has given immense support to the cause of Thai women. For instance, she has sponsored programs and organizations providing educational and training opportunities to enable women to improve their economic and social welfare, while enhancing appreciation for their national cultural heritage. Her Majesty’s exceptional leadership in fostering the role of Thai women has received international recognition in the form of awards and honorary degrees from many institutions and organizations. She stressed the duties of Thai women to bring happiness and progress to the family, society, and the country as a whole.