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Thailand’s Colourful Days
Thai Customs / May 19th, 2017 2:41 am     A+ | a-

Thailand’s colourful days


Did you know that in Thailand, each day is assigned a lucky colour? No? Well, that’s what we’re here for - think of us as your resident Thai cultural guides and let’s explore this fascinating cultural phenomenon together.

Which colour goes with which day?

 

Day / Thai name

Lucky colour

Celestial body

Deity

Monday - Wan Jan

yellow

Moon

Chandra

Tuesday - Wan Ang-kaan

pink

Mars

Mangala

Wednesday - Wan Puht

green

Mercury

Budha

Thursday - Wan Pa-ru-hat

orange

Jupiter

Brihaspati

Friday - Wan Suhk

light blue

Venus

Shukra

Saturday - Wan Sao

purple

Saturn

Shani

Sunday - Wan Ahtit

red

the sun

Surya

 

How the days got their colours

Each day is assigned a deity that watches over it; most come from Hindu tradition and each is god of a planet or celestial body. So in some cases the lucky colour of the day corresponds with the colour of the god or planet. For example, Thursday is Brihaspati, god of Jupiter and it’s lucky to wear orange.
 

Thailand, days assigned lucky colour
 

However, some days have been more recently assigned their colour. Thailand’s beloved king, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born on a Monday and his symbolic colour is yellow. These days, this is the instance in which you’ll see this tradition observed the most, with lots of yellow being worn in Thailand on Mondays.

Fun fact

The names of the days of the week in Thai are similar to English. The “Jan” of Wan Jan means moon, so while we have Monday, in Thailand it’s the day of the moon; and similarly, Ahtit is the Thai word for sun, and it’s used for Sunday.

Days and confused

So we know what days to wear what colours in general, but you’ll notice that almost all Thai people know the day they were born on, and here’s where things get a little more complicated. While the day on which you were born supposedly determines your character, it also determines your lucky day of the week and it is the colour of that day - not the day you were born -  that is your lucky one. Got it? Here’s another handy table.

 

Birth day

Character

Lucky day

Lucky colour

Monday

Serious, good memory, loves to travel

Saturday

Purple

Tuesday

Serious, brave, active

Thursday

Orange

Wednesday

Polite, artistic, creative

Wednesday night

Green

Thursday

Calm, honest

Sunday

Red

Friday

Fun-loving, friendly

Tuesday

Pink

Saturday

Calm, logical, reclusive

Friday

Blue

Sunday

Respectable, wise

Wednesday

Green

 

So now you know the colour of the days of the week in Thailand, and which is your especially lucky day, the only question is, what are you going to wear today?

Military multi-colour uniforms

 

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