In Thailand, they celebrate National Children’s Day (Wan Dek) on the second Saturday of January every year. This year it is on Saturday 12th January 2013. Each year many places like Government House and armed forces bases put on special activities for children. In addition, many attractions allow children in for free or at least at a reduced price. Even the BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro allow children to ride for free on this day.
A few weeks beforehand, the Thai Prime Minister will announce the motto for Children’s Day. It’s different each year. Here is what was chosen for this year:
คำขวัญวันเด็กแห่งชาติ 2556: รักษาวินัย ใฝ่เรียนรู้ เพิ่มพูนปัญญา นำพาไทยสู่อาเซียน
Children’s Day 2013 Motto: “Be Disciplined, Enhance Knowledge, and Bring Thailand toward ASEAN”
The National Children’s Day celebration was held for the first time in Thailand on the first Monday of October 1955, and later, it was changed to the second Saturday of January. The organizing of Children’s Day is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of children and youth, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.