December 5 is an important day in the Thai calendar because this is the day the country celebrates the birthday of KING Bhumibol Adulyadej, the monarch of Thailand. It is also regarded as a National Day. On another count, it is proclaimed National Father's Day.
The implication of December 5 therefore underlines the contribution and compassion His Majesty the King makes to and has for his subjects. Without the slightest doubt, he is regarded as father of the nation.
Since the day he was enthroned as the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty, KING Bhumibol Adulyadej has ruled the land with righteousness and faithfully adhered to what is termed as the ten virtuous tenets of king. His constant concern for the well-being of his subjects is unprecedented in any other monarch of the world. As a resulf, he is the spiritual center of the nation in whom his subjects pay their highest regard. His activities, driven by his concern for his people, are greatly valuable to the nation in the countless projects inspired by his initiatives.
December 5 was proclaimed National Father's Day in 1980 at the initiation of Khunying Neutip Samarasute, President of the Volunteers and Educational Promotion Association. The Organizing Committee used canna as the symbol for the day.
More than just an occasion for children to play tribute and express gratitude to fathers, some fathers will be named, Fathers of the Year. Qualifying candidtes will be over 40 years of age. Their credentials must indicate their support for their children's educational pursuits and the care for their children to ensure that they grow up to become virtuous and productive members of society. More importantly, they must be monogamous.
On this same occasion, houses, streets and shophouses throughout the land will be decorated with the Thai national flag and the picture of His Majesty the King as the symbol of national unity. At night, the entire country transforms into a sea of light as lanterns are lighted everywhere.