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Recognising Thai flags

by Pierre To
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Recognising Thai flags

These Thai flags are displayed on the facades of houses, temples and government offices to show attachment to the king, queen, the Buddhist religion and the country.

The Thai flag

The Thai flagAdopted on 28 September 1917 by decree of King Rama VI, the Thai flag has three colours in five horizontal stripes (its Thai name is ธงไตรงค์, Thong Trairong, meaning tricolour):

-red for the nation,
-the white for the faith and purity of the Theravada Buddhism,
-blue for the monarchy.

The flag of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X

Flag of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama XThe flag of the new King of Thailand, HM Rama X or Maha Vajiralongkornwho came to the throne on 1 December 2016.

If he keeps the colour yellow, it is because he was born on a Monday like his father (see link on the colours of the week at the end of the article).

The flag of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The flag of the King of ThailandYellow flag of the former King HM Bhumibol Adulyadej (the colour of the Monday of the King's birth).

The centre represents the royal monogram (ภ ป ร: ภูมิพล อดุลย เดช ป รม ราชาธิราช: Bhumibol Adulyadej Paramarajadhiraja equivalent to Bhumibol Rex).

It is completed by the Thai symbol for the sacred syllable " Aum "and the great crown of victory.

Queen Sirikit's flag

Queen Sirikit's flag

Queen Sirikit's flag

Flag of HM Queen SirikitBlue (the colour of Friday, the Queen's birthday).

The centre depicts the royal monogram of Queen Sirikit (ส ก: สิริ กิ ติ์ กิ ติ ยาก ร: Sirikit Kitiyakara), completed by the large victory crown.

The flag of Thai Buddhism

The flag of Thai BuddhismThe yellow or orange flag of Buddhism, with a red dharma wheel, used as a Buddhist emblem in Thailand.

It is much more beautiful and representative of Buddhism than the flag chosen by the World Federation of Buddhism.

What you need to know

The colours of the Thai flags of the King and Queen are linked to their birthdays, for more information see :
In Thailand there is a colour for each day of the week

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