Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly native to Thailand. However, the people have made this day of love and turned it into something uniquely Thai.
The Buddhist holiday of Makha Bacha Day also falls on 14 February. Whilst all government offices are closed on this day, it is a popular day for couples to register their marriage. It has gotten so trendy that offices in nine districts in Bangkok opens just for marriage services. One of the most popular places to do this is at Bang Rak, which ironically translate out to the ‘district of love’.
On Valentine’s Day in 2014, 34 couples attempted to break the world record for non-stop hugging at Pattaya’s Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum. At the end of 26 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds hugging marathon, only 26 couples remained. Their prize for this achievement was 300,000THB split between the embracing pairs.
At Trimurti Shrine in Bangkok, locals go here to make offerings of love and good luck with red roses and bottles of strawberry-flavoured Fanta. Surrounding the shrine is Pak Klong Talad, a flower and vegetable market. Days leading up to Wan Valentine, the price of a bouquet of colourful blooms at the market skyrockets. For the rest of the year, flower prices at any Thai flower market is cheaper than its Western counterparts.
According to the Center for Economy and Business Forecasting of the Thai Chamber of Commerce University, Thais have spent over 3.2 million THB on all things related to Valentine’s Day.
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