Updated at 2024-02-23
Elephant-related items are everywhere in Thailand. This table runner is only one of many examples. The elephant is a sacred animal respected by everyone in Thailand and has deep ties with Thai history, culture, religion, and economics. Warriors rode elephants on the battlefield in ancient times, and royalty rode elephants when parading the streets. Thai Buddhism is heavily influenced by the Indian religion. Therefore, Ganesha is commonly used in Buddhist temples in Thailand. Elephants are the pride of the Thai people and symbolize dignity, bravery, and authority. They are so intertwined with Thai culture that the government designated March 13 as National Elephant Day to celebrate the collective memories of the Thai people.
Flag: The flag of the Kingdom of Thailand (Thai: ธงไตรรงค์; RTGS: thong trai rong, meaning 'tricolor flag') shows five horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, blue, white and red, with the central blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. Red represents the country and nation, white represents religion, and blue refers to the royal family.
National Day: December 5 (birthday of late King Rama IX)
Area: Approx. 513,120 square kilometers
Population: Approx.70,180,000 people
Currency: Baht (THB)
Government: Constitutional Monarchy