Government <ul><li>Thailand is governed by the Constitutional Monarchy. The Constitutional Monarchy is a form of government in which a king or queen rules with limits to their power . Other bodies of government like the Prime Minister have more power over the government matters like taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>The current king of Thailand is King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or internationally known, King Rama the 9 th . </li></ul>King Bhumibol Adulyadej Prime Minister Surayud Chalanont
Major Religions <ul><li>Buddhism is the major religion in Thailand. Though Christianity and other religions are also practiced in Thailand. </li></ul>
Family Life <ul><li>Rules of family life; </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important to be apart of your family until you get married off. It’s also important to have a good relationship with your family and live happily with them. Here are some things that are expected; </li></ul><ul><li>Respect everyone in your family </li></ul><ul><li>Treat everyone fairly </li></ul><ul><li>Be apart of family gatherings and celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t insult any family member </li></ul><ul><li>Live with your parents until you get married </li></ul>
Education <ul><li>Education is important for it will depend on how much money you make, and how happily you can live without depending on your family so much. It is expected that Thai people do 6 years of Elementary and Secondary School too. Public schools are extremely common since it’s free. 92.6% of all Thais can read. </li></ul>Though there are some international schools in Thailand like ISB. ISB was the first international school in Thailand.
Food <ul><li>Thai people eat every meal with rice. There aren’t really any main dishes in a meal, they’re only a lot of side dishes with vegetables and meats. Almost all foods are cooked with fresh ingredients, mostly herbs, garlic, and chili. Thai people also eat a lot of Chinese food since Thailand is influenced by Chinese culture. </li></ul>Thai people eat rice at every meal. Thai people also eat Chinese food like dim sum. Chili is a common ingredient in dishes.
Traditions <ul><li>They’re a lot of holidays in Thailand and they’re celebrated differently, though most of the time it’s about family. </li></ul><ul><li>Songkran is the Thai New Year. When you gently water onto each other to cool down from the heat. Traditionally you go to your elders house and do a water pouring ceremony and ask for their blessings. </li></ul><ul><li>Birthdays in my family are celebrated like birthdays in America. You have a birthday party with all your friends, have a cake and the amount of candles on the cake for your age. Every birthday the people invited have to sing the ‘birthday song’ for the person having their birthday, after the song is finished they make a wish and blow the candles on the cake. </li></ul>Birthday parties sometimes can be grand or for just a few people. Songkran is now blown out of proportion, for traditionally there aren’t any water fights involved.
Traditions <ul><li>Chinese New Year is the Lunar New Year. It’s the most important of the Chinese holidays. It is celebrated in Thailand because they’re a lot of Chinese immigrants in Thailand. The celebration starts on the first day of the first lunar month. Debts are paid, hair is cut, clothes are washed and purchased and homes are cleaned so that ill fortune is swept away. Families come together to feast. On the first morning of Chinese New Year children receive envelopes containing money. When the children get the envelopes they have to say “Gong Xi Fa Cia” which means ‘Wishing you Prosperity” </li></ul>The envelopes are red and contain money from the children’s elders. Dragons and fire crackers are believed to chase the evil spirits away.
Entertainment <ul><li>My family really doesn’t do a lot of religious entertainment. All they do is read or watch the television. </li></ul><ul><li>I personally enjoy reading, dance classes, writing, drawing, and using the computer. </li></ul>
Invisible Features of Culture <ul><li>Nature of friendship is very important. It’s important to pick friends that won’t hurt you . I believe a good friend is someone who… </li></ul><ul><li>Knows you </li></ul><ul><li>Listens to you </li></ul><ul><li>Caring, giving, and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>A person who won’t leave you for other unimportant reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Someone your parents approve of </li></ul><ul><li>A person who doesn’t start trouble </li></ul>
Invisible Features of Culture <ul><li>Understanding the natural world can make your life easier to live. You should respect nature instead of ripping off a leaf from a tree with no reason or kill a bug if it did you no harm. You should care for the environment for it’s believed that it will make you a more responsible person. </li></ul>
Do’s and Don’ts <ul><li>Do look at the person when speaking to them </li></ul><ul><li>Say hello, smile, wave, or wai whenever you see them walk by </li></ul><ul><li>Do act interested in the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Do give people personal space </li></ul><ul><li>Do talk in a kind voice </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t look at the floor when speaking to someone </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t snap of interrupt, if you have to ask them first </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stand close enough to a person you can touch them </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t talk like a know-it-all </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t act selfish, mean, or a flirt </li></ul>
Advice <ul><li>Just be yourself and try to be kind to people. If you have friends that you don’t feel comfortable around, find new ones. Also try to be open to other cultures and experience it too. Don’t think that your culture is the best. </li></ul><ul><li>Help others in need wither you like them or not. </li></ul><ul><li>To do well in school listen to the teacher . Don’t slack off and forget about your grades. Get friends that care about school too so they can help you. Education will be very important to you in the future. </li></ul>