Children are the future of a country and in Thailand, they are considered the most valuable resource of the nation.

There is a Thai saying that states, “Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous.” Thailand observes National Children’s Day (Thai: วันเด็กแห่งชาติ), celebrated on the second Saturday of January every year.

It is known as “Wan Dek” in Thai. This day is celebrated with fun activities for children and introduces them to their significant role towards the development of the country.

The first National Thai Children’s Day was held on the first Monday of October 1955, following a recommendation of the representative to the United Nations Social Welfare Fellow Mr. V M Kulkarni whose contribution to children’s welfare in India is internationally recognised. The National Children’s Day of Thailand took place on the first Monday of October from 1955 to 1963. In 1965, the date was changed to the first Saturday of January as it is a holiday and it unlikely to rain in the month.

With a major aim of promoting international child rights and Thai children’s social responsibility and self-discipline, the festival of National Thai Children’s Day throughout the country offers young participants activities that boost their knowledge and entertain them at the same time.  This year official events are off the calendar in recognition of Covid-safety precautions, however that’s no reason for families not to recognise the day.

The Prime Minister gives each Children’s Day a theme and a slogan.  คำขวัญวันเด็กแห่งชาติ 2559: เด็กดี หมั่นเพียร เรียนรู้ สู่อนาคต

This year’s motto is: “Good children are diligent and crave for learning, for a bright future.”