The Thai people translate the name of their country as a “free country”, and this is fully justified, because Thailand has never been a nobody’s colony, unlike other countries in Southeast Asia. The bulk of the Thai population is Thai, but there are also Lao and other Asian nationalities, the main religion is Buddhism.
Marriage to a Thai citizen, as well as the creation of a family, is a vital task, as the family assumes stable relations and the birth of children, which leads to the prosperity and preservation of the nation.
Caring for your country as a whole is brought up in the family by the example of the royal family, which is respected and loved in Thailand, criticism is inadmissible, even if you are a guest of the country.
Buddhism taught the Thai people calmness and contemplation, therefore the appearance of anger is considered unacceptable, and clothes should always be clean and neat, and demonstrative tenderness is indecent.
Customs and traditions in Thailand are preserved and preserved, especially those proven by time and ancestors. Wedding customs in general, special.
Lovers in Thailand alone do not leave, even on dates with lovers go sisters of the future bride. The ransom that the bridegroom pays to the parents of the bride is not so much material compensation, but confirmation of the seriousness of the intentions of the future spouse, although in recent years this tradition has become secondary to other traditions.
The wedding itself is one of the most important things in the life of every Thai citizen, even the date of the ceremony is calculated as accurately as possible, on this occasion consulted with astrologers and priests. Before the wedding ritual it is customary to visit the temple, and then the parents of future spouses.
Gifts are brought to the temple, and sometimes the house where the new family lives will be lit by monks. A good rule of thumb is that if an elderly couple who has lived in agreement for a long life prepares the marriage bed, they should even lie down for a short time on the couch for the first wedding night.
The wedding itself takes place at the parents’ or hotel’s house, the bride and groom in white robes or folk costumes kneel before each other, connected by flower garlands and a white thread over their heads, the woven fingers of their hands sprinkled with water from the sea shell. This is a very beautiful and romantic ceremony, not very long, by the way.
Gifts for a wedding are also a tradition, but there are exceptions. It is forbidden to give handkerchiefs, knives and anything black, it is also impossible to wear black on the wedding.
Thais, by the way are mean to emotions and to show gratitude too, but this does not mean that they do not feel grateful, it’s simply not accepted to demonstrate openly. Some time ago in Thailand there was a tradition of weddings for conspiracy, but this custom did not take root in a country where nature itself calls for love and love of life.
If young people have entered into an intimate relationship, they will most likely be forced to marry regardless of their desire. There is, by the way, the custom in such cases as premarital communication, to conduct a special ritual during the wedding.
The fact is that this behavior of young people is considered an insult to their ancestors, so they need to apologize, having donated flowers, incense and candles, as well as a full dinner of rice with meat, whiskey, fruit and sweet dessert. Lunch, however, is eaten by the participants of the ceremony, but only after all the necessary prayers and asking permission for a meal at the spirits of ancestors.
There are a lot of guests at a wedding in Thailand, sometimes up to a thousand people gather, that’s why the best gift is money, as it is necessary to pay for this holiday, which, by the way, is an amazing mixture of religious and ancient customs, superstitions and a kind of carnival.
As elsewhere in Asia, Thai women do not enjoy the same rights with men, but this is hardly noticeable from the outside, because women do not at all look oppressed or unhappy.Women work in state structures, in the sphere of education, in business, many get higher education.
However, traditionally, a woman is considered to be the keeper of the hearth, and her main destination is considered to be a house, farming and raising children. In addition, better-off Thais have a “side wife”, and in some places it is even considered an indicator of the status of a man, and there are more than one such “wives”.
In villages, the subordination of a woman is, of course, much more vividly expressed than in a city, even men at first eat there, and then women eat up what remains. The structure of the family in Thailand reflects the structure of society as a whole.
Parents in Thailand enjoy traditionally indisputable authority, children must obey and help the older generation in everything, including not only parents, but also older brothers and sisters, from early childhood, so that the youngest in the family only does what shows Respect for everyone else.
Nevertheless, children in Thailand are very fond of, rushing to different extremes from indulging all the whims to content in extreme severity, out of good motives and good intentions. Respect for elders and politeness, inculcated in the family, further extend to social life and to behavior in society.
In Thailand, quarrels and disagreements in the family are settled as soon as possible, peace and peace in the family above all else, the strength of family relationships is valued most, and families here are taken great. Under one roof, several generations can live, and family and home are a symbol of security and assistance in the life of a Thai.
Orientation towards the West and the desire for Europeanization are increasingly evident in Thai society, especially among young people, and this affects family relations, but the foundations are still firm and the customs of their ancestors do not give up their positions.
The divorce in Thailand has become more frequent, and the reasons are not only for the insolvency of husbands as the fathers of the family, but also for alcoholism for men and women, and also for addiction to gambling.