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Ikoningin-sirikit-20080831-093057-wv-250x460pn Thailand August 12 is a national holiday and on that same day Mother's Day ("WAN MAE HENG CHAT" - วันแม่แห่งชาติ) and the Birthday of Queen Sirikit is celebrated.

The Queen was born in 1932 in Bangkok, Thailand, as Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara.

Her full title (Her Majesty Queen Regent) and name is Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat. She was Regent in 1956 during the period wherein her consort King Bhumibol, in the Thai tradition, became a monk.

The Queen, herself being a mother of three daughters and a son, is a symbol to the nation as the Mother of Thailand.

She conquered the hearts of the Thai by her endeavour for the wellbeing of her subjects in many charitable projects. Especially famous are her efforts for the conservation and revival of Thai folk arts and crafts.

To see how very loved Queen Sirikit is by her Thai subjects and how emotional those Thai mothers and their children experience Mother's Day, come and take a look at the yearly Festival in Wat Dhammapateep Mechelen.

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