Thai Colours of the Day

19Oct10

In Thai tradition, there is an astrological rule (which has influence from Hindu mythology) that assigns one particular color to each day of the week. The color assigned is based on the color of the God who protects the day. For example, the God of Sunday is Surya which has a red color. These colors of the day are also the traditional Thai birthday colors.

Once I knew this, I started to notice all those “color coded people”, dressing accordingly to the color of the respective day. If you, for example, wear a green shirt on Wednesday, people will notice and might even comment on you wearing the “right” color. What a great concept – if you follow this tradition you never have to confront the awkward question of “what to wear today?” after just having managed to crawl out of bed in the morning (unless you mainly wear black as I do, which makes things even more easy).

But, having said all that, these days – due to the recent “red & yellow shirts” events – on Mondays and Sundays it will now usually be avoided to dress in this colour coded way, unless you want to send a political message. By the way, whereas the “yellow shirts” chose their colour in regard to the king’s birthday colour in order to show their solidarity with him (he was born on a Monday), the “red shirts” apparently did not take the birthday colours into account, but chose red rather for it being the colour of revolution.

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