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By May 11, 2011October 13th, 2021No Comments

Birthdays in Thailand

Who has a birthday today, put your hands up! Happy birthday to you 🙂

What do you do for your birthday?

In Thailand, as a Buddhist, Thais like go and make merit at the temple or donate some money and things to the others. Some people like to do actions which symbolize their feelings; they can set birds free as we believe that this will help us feel refreshed, or can make a merit of a turtle as we believe that we will have a long life as turtle do. Also, often we will set fish free, as we believe that our life will become calm and cool as a fish in the water.

Nowadays, there are some parts of  Thai Culture that have been adapted from the West, such as having a birthday cake, a birthday party, and the traditional birthday song. Thais wish somebody “happy birthday” by saying “สุขสันต์วันเกิด /sùk sǎn wan gә̀әt/” and we still sing the happy birthday song in English.

Thai Birthday Vocabulary

Birthday    วันเกิด   /wan gә̀әt/

Happy birthday   สุขสันต์วันเกิด    /sùk sǎn wan gә̀әt/Happy Birthday Celebrated in Thailand

Make  merit     ทำบุญ       /tam bun/

Donate      บริจาค   /bɔɔ-ri-jàak/

Set birds free      ปล่อยนก    /bplɔ̀ɔi nók/

Set turtle free      ปล่อยเต่า   /bplɔ̀ɔi dtào/

Set fish free       ปล่อยปลา        /bplɔ̀ɔi bplaa/

“สุขสันต์วันเกิด /sùk sǎn wan gә̀әt/ to everyone who has a birthday today!

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