In Thai culture, some people follow a strict color dress code, having a specific color to wear for each day of the week. It is said that starting the day off by wearing the “right color” is the smart thing to do.
Ligeia was wearing all purple last Friday and was told by an elder in the neighborhood that she was wearing the wrong color. Ligeia then said that she liked purple and the woman responded that purple is for Saturdays.
After looking it up, we discovered that similar to European traditions, each day of the week has a corresponding God. These colors become very important when celebrating birthdays. The color of the birthday decorations for your party will depend on what day of the week you were born on. For example, the King was born on a Monday so yellow decorations will be seen throughout Thailand on his birthday.
Here is a chart, courtesy of Wikipedia, detailing the respective colors, planets and gods for each day:
|Day||Color of the day||Planet||God of the day|
Stay tuned for more Thai adventure. Who knows what we’ll get told next!