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Hi, everybody! Do you know how Thai people celebrate New Year's Day? In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases about the Thai New Year and some valuable cultural tips.
In Thai, New Year's day is called...
ปีใหม่
[slowly] ปีใหม่
On ปีใหม่, Thai people greet each other by saying สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
(slow) สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
This means "Happy New Year."
When you meet someone for the first time in the new year, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
Thai people visit a very special place around the New Year's Day, which is...
วัด
(slow) วัด
This means "temple."
On December 31, people will go to their local วัด (wát) to listen to preaching. There are several popular temples where Thai people go often, including Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Kallayanamitra. The most popular activity during New Year’s Eve is praying all night long until the break of the new year.
On this special day, Thai people exchange ของขวัญ
(slow) ของขวัญ
This means "gifts."
On January 1, most Thai people take time to be with their family and friends and enjoy festive activities. One such activity is drawing a lot for gift exchanges, or in Thai, ของขวัญ (khǎawng khwăn).
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the expression and repeat after me.
"New Year's Day"
ปีใหม่
* beep
ปีใหม่
"Happy New Year!"
สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
* beep
สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
"temple"
วัด
* beep
วัด
"gifts"
ของขวัญ
* beep
ของขวัญ
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact!
What is the history behind the popular activity on New Year's Day of sending greeting cards?
Actually, Thailand did not originally have a tradition of sending cards, but they adopted this cultural practice from foreign countries after the late Ayutthaya period. The greeting cards come in the form of paper, with written or printed images.
You just learned how Thai people celebrate "New Year's Day" and some important facts about the holiday.
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I'll see you next time. สวัสดีค่ะ

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Hello Birthday cat,


Thank you. "teddy bears" in Thai is ตุ๊กตา pronounce as "ตุก กะ ตา dtùk-gà-dtaa". Hope that’s helpful. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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What are the names of the teddy bears?

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Hello Helen,


Thank you very much. You're welcome. You can write "Happy New Year." and bless them with good health and all success.Hope that helps. Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to helps.


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Helen Bullimore
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Thank you very much for this. My son and I will be in Thailand over New year. Great phrases for us to use !!! I wondered if we should bring a card for our hotel??? What would I write inside that would be appreciative to our hosts???

Thank you !

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