Children’s Day in Thailand
Thai people celebrate Children’s day in Thailand by taking their children out to have fun. Many local authorities organize special events and other places of interests usually let children in for half price or even for free on this day.
There is a Thai saying that goes, “Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous.” To help stimulate children to be aware of their significant role in the country, the National Children’s Day was held for the first time on the first Monday of October 1955 and continued like this until 1963. Then it was changed to the second Saturday of January.
PM Prayuth poses for the media on Children’s day in Thailand
Thai junta started a military program for kindergarten children to raise patriotism
Thailand’s army has begun dressing kindergarten children in camouflage uniforms and putting them through military drills, in an effort to instil a sense of patriot duty.
Children aged 4 or 5 years old, are doing push-ups, crawling under netting, saluting and eating from metal trays on the floor.
“Soldiers showed children, military operations and taught them patriotic values to love the nation, religions, and the Thai monarchy through the controversial 12 Thai Values,” created by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has been Prime Minister of Thailand since the 2014 coup that ousted the government.
Students in Thailand are taught to do as they are told and “critical thinking” is discouraged.
As Thailand is under military rule, the practice of militarization has conveniently developed to the extreme, The conservative elites view liberal democracy as a messy business .and they want an obedient citizen.
Thailand ex-PM Yingluck poses with the children
Thailand’s army opened up some of its military barracks to children on Saturday to let them handle and pose with weapons on the annual Children’s Day in Thailand.
One event in southern Thailand was marred on Saturday by the crash of a jet fighter in which the pilot was killed. Nobody else was hurt and the crowd was far away.
A Swedish Gripen fighter jet crashed on a runway during an airshow for Children’s Day in Hat Yai, Songkhla province, Saturday morning, Jan 14, 2017. The pilot Sqn Ldr Dilokrit Pattavee, was killed, his father is an air-force pilot too.