Thai Colors of the Day Posted by palmisano on Oct 8, 2010 in Beginner, Culture, Thailand Politics
I’m sure all my readers know both the colors and the days in Thai by now. I really don’t want to bore you with an ultra-beginner lesson . . . however, despite going back to the basics, I think most of you will still learn something from this post.
If you’ve lived in Thailand long enough, you would have noticed that people for some odd reason had a tendency to always wear the same colors – especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. But perhaps you just accepted it as ‘normal’, not knowing the real reason. In Thailand, each day is represented by a particular color. The day you were born determines your color. So if say you were born on Monday, your color is yellow, and you should wear yellow on Monday. Or not . . . up to you!
Women especially like to wear the ‘correct’ color on Mondays and Tuesdays. The color yellow represents royalty, and the color pink these days is worn as a wish for the King (who is quite advanced in age) to return to good health.
Day วัน meaning color สี
Monday วันจันทร์ Moonday Yellow เหลือง
Tuesday วันอังคาร Marsday Pink ชมพู
Wednesday (day) วันพุธ Mercuryday Green เขียว
Wednesday (night) วันพุธ Mercuryday Light Green เขียวอ่อน
Thursday วันพฤหัสบดี Jupiterday Orange ส้ม
Friday วันศุกร์ Venusday Blue น้ำเงิน
Saturday วันเสาร์ Saturnday Purple ม่วง
Sunday วันอาทิตย์ Sunday Red แดง
Keep in mind that the recent political upheaval has deterred people from wearing these colors. The PAD (พันธมิตรฯ), the protest group that took over three airports in Thailand for a week, all wore yellow shirts. A year later another group that acts just like the PAD, with mostly PAD members, also wears pink. Many say the PAD changed the color to pink so that they will not be associated with the airport fiasco thereby not be called hypocritical for their anti-UDD comments. The PAD specifically chose pink and yellow as it represented the popular love the people had for Thai royalty, making it a great propaganda tool.
The largest protest group, the UDD (เสื้อแดง), wear red shirts and took over a major business district for a month. The UDD guards wear the color black.
About a year ago a certain PAD-linked politician, who didn’t like the UDD, organized a group of thugs whom used weapons to attack the UDD in Pattaya. This group all wore blue shirts, and although they only appeared once, they definitely left an impression.
In summary, to avoid being affiliated with any of these groups, there are few colors left in the wardrobe to choose from . . . some people find it hard enough to choose what to wear in the morning as it is!
But maybe in a few years all this will be forgotten, and you’ll find yourself accused of not wearing the ‘proper’ colors again. And then you’ll think of this post.