Father’s Day is June 19th this year, and if you forgot to make plans, a Thai restaurant in Woburn, MA, is always a good idea. At White Coconut, all our food is made to order and only with the freshest ingredients. It’s the perfect place to take your dad this Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day.
But did you know that in Thailand they celebrate Father’s Day on December 5th? It’s true! It always falls on a fixed date because Father’s Day in Thailand also celebrates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Respecting all your elders, not just your parents, is an important part of Thai culture. There is a customary Thai greeting called the wai. A younger person traditionally gives this greeting to an elder by putting their hands together and slightly inclining the head. It is not uncommon for a Thai person to ask you your age so that they know whether they or you should initiate the wai.
In Thailand, children remain close to their families even as adults. Unless it is necessary for a job, Thais continue to live with their parents as adults and sometimes after they are married. It is not unusual to find multiple generations living under one roof in Thailand. Even if a Thai moves out of their parents’ house for work or to begin their own household with their spouse and children, they will still visit often and spend a lot of time with their parents. Children are expected to care for the older members of their family, and helping their family will always come before everything else, including their jobs.
At White Coconut, our love for our culture and family infuses our food. All our dishes are created from family recipes that we have been making and perfecting for generations. You’ll have an authentic Thai experience when you bring your dad and your family here this Father’s Day.