Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Red Shirts, Yellow Shirts... colours are an important part of Thai culture. Each day is colour-coded according to kings in Indian astrology, each of which has a hue. Monday is yellow after the moon god. The King was born on a Monday so many Thais, especially civil servants, wear yellow that day. When his birthday fell on a Monday a couple of years ago, even I wore a yellow shirt to work. Tuesday is pink, Wednesday is green, Thursday orange, Friday blue, Saturday violet and Sunday red. But Thailand is in any case awash with colour: fruit, taxis, flowers, desserts, fashion. Britain looks monochrome by comparison.