Thailand National Children's Day (Thai: วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) 2017

Thailand National Children's Day (Thai: วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) is celebrated on the second Saturday in January. Known as "Wan Dek" in Thailand, Children’s Day is celebrated to give children the opportunity to have fun and to create awareness about their significant role towards the development of the country.
Thailand National Children's Day (Thai: วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) 2017
( | Press Release | 2017-01-20 06:22:03 )
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.

Usually, His Majesty the King gives advice addressing the children while the Supreme Monarch Patriarch of Thailand gives a moral teaching. The Prime Minister also usually gives each Children's Day a theme and a slogan.
Many Government offices are open to children and their family; this includes the Government House, the Parliament House Complex and various Military installations. These events may include a guided tour and an exhibition. A notable example is the guided tour at the Government House, where children have an opportunity to view the Prime Minister's office and sit at the bureau. The Royal Thai Air Force usually invites children to go and explore the aircraft and the Bangkok Bank distributes stationery, such as pens, pencils and books to every child that enters the bank as a community service. Many organizations from both government and commercial sectors have celebration activities for children. Children can enter zoos or ride buses for free.
There is a Thai saying that states, "Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous."

Thailand National Children’s Day 2017

The Prime Minister has given a motto for 2017 Children’s Day as “Thai Children Strive to Study for National Stability”, and also composed a new song entitled “Saphan (Bridge)”.

January 4, 2017, at 1300hrs, at the Command Building I, Government House, following the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the motto for 2017 Children’s Day as “Thai Children Strive to Study for National Stability”, and informed the press that he had composed a song for the cabinet, entitled “Saphan (Bridge)”, which metaphorically compares cabinet members to a bridge crossing over troubled waters to a better future, and one that links and creates common understanding among the public and government officials.

He also stated that the year 2017 is significant for the people of all sectors to be prepared to move forward according to the national strategy, and to forge a path to reconciliation which will eventually lead to complete democracy.

The Prime Minister also gave his New Year blessings, and called on everyone to think more of the country aside from oneself.

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