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Colors in Thailand…and why they matter

Posted by Claudio on April 2, 2016 in Living in Thailand |

Do you ever contemplate in the morning what to wear for the day? This question is answered more easily in Thailand than other countries. Especially when it comes to color choice.

Colors in Thailand matter. At least for part of the Buddhist population. In Thai (and Khmer) tradition, each day of the week is assigned a specific color. This is the reason, you see many people wearing yellow on Mondays, pink on Tuesdays, and so on. The chart below lists the colors considered lucky and unlucky on specific days of the week.

 

Day Lucky Color Unlucky Color
Sunday red blue
Monday yellow red
Tuesday pink yellow and white
Wednesday (day) green pink
Wednesday (night) grey orange-red
Thursday orange purple
Friday light blue black and dark blue
Saturday purple green

 

The specific color of each day depends on an astrological rule (influenced by Hindu mythology) and is based on the color of the God who protects the day.

 

Day Celestial Body Hindu God *
Sunday Sun Surya
Monday Moon Chandra
Tuesday Mars Mangala
Wednesday (day) Mercury Budha
Wednesday (night) Rahu
Thursday Jupiter Brihaspati
Friday Venus Shukra
Saturday Saturn Shani

* Click on each Hindu God for more details 

 

Dressing in the color of the day has somewhat lost its importance in modern Thailand. People still know all of these colors by heart and consider the color of the day they were born their lucky color.

None of these colors seem more important than yellow, which is the color of H.M. King Bhumibol, who was born on December 5th, which was a Monday.

As a teacher, try wearing yellow on Mondays, pink on Tuesdays, and light blue on Fridays. You will demonstrate your understanding of this particular aspect of Thai culture and therefore gain a certain level of respect from your Thai peers. Some schools even require all teachers to wear yellow during the first week of December to pay respect to the King.

 

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Text Chat Activities – Book Review

Posted by Claudio on November 22, 2015 in Book Reviews |

If you have been teaching for a while, you most likely have come across student material that is quite outdated. They often list technology, movie, and song references from days long past. They are boring and almost guaranteed to fail in getting the attention of your students. So when I came across Text Chat Activities: […]

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Are Native English Speakers Really Better Teachers?

Posted by Claudio on March 13, 2015 in Teaching in Thailand |

It is a long running debate. I actually find the question not very useful because the answer is: it depends. Isn’t it also important that a teacher has in-dept knowledge of the language, the skills to teach, is passionate, and makes an effort to prepare a good lesson, regardless of their mother tongue? However, as long as there is a strong […]

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Makha Bucha Day – Honoring Buddha’s Teachings

Posted by Claudio on March 4, 2015 in Living in Thailand |

In the Thai language Makha (Pali: Māgha) means the Third Lunar Month. Bucha (Pali: Pūjā) means “to honor”. Makha Bucha (Thai: มาฆบูชา) day honors the teachings of Buddha on the evening of the full moon of the third lunar month. Activities on Makha Bucha Day Visiting a temple to make merit, listening to monks preaching, and giving […]

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How to Look for a Job as English Teacher in Thailand

Posted by Claudio on March 2, 2015 in Teaching in Thailand |

At many schools in Thailand, the academic year is already over and you may be looking for a job at a new school. There are many reasons to do so: perhaps your current agency didn’t get the contract renewed, perhaps you want to move to a different area in the country, perhaps you are looking for […]

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