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Yellow Monday

By AlanBW
More of a documentary image today, so I don't know if it will attract much interest.

It was taken in Bangkok on Christmas Day 2006, which was a Monday. Why are so many people in yellow shirts? Well, in Thailand each day of the week is associated with a colour: Sunday - red, Monday - yellow, Tuesday - pink, Wednesday - green, Thursday - orange, Friday - blue and Saturday - purple.

2006 marked the 60th anniversary of the reign of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, (also known as Rama IX). The King was born on 5th December 1927, which was a Monday, so that is his colour. What began as a government-encouraged idea to honour the King by wearing yellow shirts on Mondays during the year of celebration, has become a dress code for many Thais. On Mondays yellow shirts are worn by businessmen and civil servants, schoolchildren, assistants in shopping malls, stall holders on the street, bar and restaurant staff - in fact people from all walks of life - men, women and children. Not everyone joins in, as shown by the man in the white shirt in the above image.

Thousands of yellow shirts were produced in preparation for the 2006 celebrations and traders were warned not to overcharge for them. There are different designs with some saying, 'Long Live the King' and others saying, 'We Love the King'. Many, but not all, bear the royal crest.

Yellow is not the royal colour, it is the King's colour because he was born on a Monday. If, like me, the King had been born on a Sunday, Thailand would now be awash with red shirts, flags, banners, wrist bands and ribbons instead of yellow.

Revered by his people, King Bhumibol is the world's longest reigning monarch, having acceded to the throne of Thailand on 9th June 1946. The year 2007 sees the 80th birthday of the King, so it is highly likely that the practice of Yellow Monday will continue. During our recent stay in Thailand, a few visitors joined in by wearing yellow shirts on Mondays, including Tricia and I.

Tags: Photo journalism Travel General Bangkok Candid People Yellow Thailand Shirts Portraits and people

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Desh_M 16 410
29 Jan 2007 7:48AM
so vivid, like the warm colours and shadows.
I personally think it would be better with the man in the white shirt cloned out, it looks a bit distracting.
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
29 Jan 2007 7:59AM
fascinating so thats makes me a orange coloured baby. hmm interesting opps sorry good pic to alan did they mind you shootong them your pretty much busted by the fellow in the specs!!
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
29 Jan 2007 8:29AM
Your candids are really great. So natural. Super shot Alan and an interesting write up as always.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 9:33AM
Excellent candid!

jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
29 Jan 2007 9:44AM
Another great candid Alan with the usual highly interesting description. Well composed with lovely lighting. CLIK,
TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
29 Jan 2007 9:52AM
Like the shadows and colourful shirts, description is a good read
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 9:52AM
excellent capture alan and a very intresting write up, thanks for sharing, well done.

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
29 Jan 2007 10:34AM
Fascinating bit of info that I had never heard....the shot is a really good one, too.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
29 Jan 2007 10:52AM
I like the idea of coloured shirt days Alan.
Interesting info.Good composition and you have caught their movement nicely.

danbrann 16 640 17
29 Jan 2007 11:45AM
exceptionally sharp. Good story.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 12:04PM
Very colouful: lovely story too! I like hearing about Thailand.

KingArthur 14 8 Malta
29 Jan 2007 12:18PM
Good shot Alan, informative interesting write-up, thanks for sharing.

angelamary 15 6 England
29 Jan 2007 12:52PM
What a lovely idea! Certainly cheer ironing day up! Smile

Intresting shot and well caught!
mickf1 14 2 England
29 Jan 2007 12:55PM
Another lovely candid shot well described Alan.
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 1:39PM
Wonderful angle Alan with great colours and detail and a very interesting narrative.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
29 Jan 2007 1:45PM
very good Alan...great discription too
TonyA 16 11 Spain
29 Jan 2007 1:57PM
Like the story that explains the image so well. I wonder if the women also wear yellow blouses.

KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 2:55PM
Great candid with lovely tones and very interesting story... why can't we be like that.... save having to 'think' what to wear.. loved the description Smile
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
29 Jan 2007 3:27PM
I had no idea about the colour coded days! But nice job getting these bright colours to look good and not be over exposed.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
29 Jan 2007 3:48PM
Another excellent candid image and a wonderful story.Good work Alan.
29 Jan 2007 4:05PM
Great candid image.
Mounters 14 85 2 England
29 Jan 2007 4:20PM
Great candid shot lovely fresh colours and great narrative
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 4:39PM
Brilliant candid shot looks like a tv advert where they are all marching to the pub well captured
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
29 Jan 2007 4:47PM
Hi Alan,
Brilliant candid shot,interesting history and description also,have a happy red day on Sunday and pink day tomorrow.A wonderful image.
Take care.AnnSmile
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 4:53PM
Excellent candid shot,lovely colours and great story well taken.

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
29 Jan 2007 5:49PM
Interesting story, one I was not familiar with, well taken and presented. Spot on! Click!!!

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
29 Jan 2007 5:51PM
A superb candid shot Alan and a really interesting and informative description to go with it. At first i thought they were security guards from the shopping mall who were coming over to escort you off the premises for taking photographs! lol
29 Jan 2007 5:53PM
Interesting story about the shirts, I was familiar with parts about the King. Nice capture. Well done.

Malc_V 15 England
29 Jan 2007 6:51PM
Very interesting write up Alan, and a superb candid image.

Great work.

wiktorg 15
29 Jan 2007 6:55PM
Great documentary picture and an oportunity to learn a bit of a distant culture. Thank you

Pegon 15 78 1 England
29 Jan 2007 7:15PM
Nice capture Alan and an interesting piece of information. You learn something everyday on EPZ :o)
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
29 Jan 2007 7:41PM
Absolutely WONDERFUL commentary to go with a brilliantly taken picture, Alan.

Thanks Smile

VNelson 16 3 United States
29 Jan 2007 7:59PM
A wonderful cultural tradition. Thanks so much for the background info on this.

elcid 16 150 England
29 Jan 2007 8:31PM
The shot in It's self is quite ordanary, but the description realy brings it alive. It's one of them 'Well I didn't know that'. Nice one Alan, great stuff mate.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 8:50PM
wonderful story behind a brilliant candid shot
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
29 Jan 2007 9:32PM
A very interesting description to go with this well captured image Alan.

John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
29 Jan 2007 10:32PM
Great story and picture Alan. Well done. John
elph 15 10 Russian Federation
29 Jan 2007 10:58PM
Sometimes I see the world through your camera lens and it's just like to travel by yourself Smile Thank you for sharing your life and impressions!

rocky41 16 174 England
29 Jan 2007 11:12PM
Brilliant candid shot.

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2007 4:50AM
brilliant capture Alan, superb story
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
30 Jan 2007 11:19AM
Not only a good, clear, colourful photo, but an interesting story too. Well done Alan
sputnki 16 10 Canada
30 Jan 2007 12:17PM
Always good for an interesting story Alan! If you drink rum too I'd suspect you were a Maritimer!

Mavis 19 143 2 England
30 Jan 2007 1:43PM
Thank you for this very interesting comentary Alan . A well caught candid .

Think this colour idea would do well for socks !! There is ALWAYS one missing . xx
LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
30 Jan 2007 2:56PM
Like the shot. Great colours and a lovely explanation!

xinia 16 54
30 Jan 2007 3:23PM
a great combine of word and imagery
G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2007 6:42PM
very well take, did you have to get out the way quickly? G
arnieg 16 704 England
30 Jan 2007 8:40PM
superb canid shot
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
31 Jan 2007 2:14AM
Nothing to add to above Alan except the leading man doesn't look too happy at having his picture taken.
Rgds., Jim
31 Jan 2007 1:24PM
you have some beautiful portraits in your portfolio, and this is no exception !!!

tmann 16 4 2 United States
31 Jan 2007 2:00PM
great photo and GREAT series!!!
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 4:30PM
An extremely interesting commentary, and a great pic to match.

Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 8:46PM
One way to make sure you change your shirt every day. Great description behind the capture as usual. Thanks for sharing Alan.
ginz04 16 281 20 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 8:47PM
interesting story good clear pic
31 Jan 2007 8:48PM
Well captured Alan - great timing to catch them in step and what a good story as well

1 Feb 2007 12:21PM
good,,,ha ha
joseph 15 England
1 Feb 2007 10:27PM
What a brilliant and vivid candid!
tuhin 14
2 Feb 2007 5:59PM
Nice walke.
anthhope 15 1 England
2 Feb 2007 10:07PM
Well caught and a great angle
DaisyD50 14 3
3 Feb 2007 10:48AM
Again very well spotted. You have a great eye for candid shots. Love the colours.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
3 Feb 2007 10:58AM
Your time investment in our education is amazing!
As I'm not planning visiting Thailand in this live( Smile ) your story is the only one chance for me to know something about the country.
Thank you so much for your devotion.

Thank you for your comments.
GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
5 Feb 2007 8:52PM
Great shot! Love it.

Paree 16 616 3
7 Feb 2007 2:45PM
how wonderful to have a colour for each day its a wonderful idea
your wonderful description has made me late for work,
I'll be back later
evelen 16 5 England
9 Feb 2007 6:44PM
great colours wonderful shot.
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2007 6:21AM
great image and a fantastic story. thanks for that Alan
Possum 14 148 England
15 Feb 2007 7:35PM
It is your knowledge and narrative, as much as the images, that make them so compelling.
e_moon 14 2
12 Mar 2007 11:11AM
great description
i want it here too
red Sunday
yellow Monday
pink Tuesday
green Wednesday,
orange Thursday
blue Friday
and purple Saturday
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
14 Mar 2007 3:54PM
VERY interesting commentary, Alan. Your PF is like a travel book, so full of information.
Thanks for taking the time to inform all of us.
-=Walter (and Sue)
Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2007 6:52PM
Excellent candid shot with great body language, Superb.

barry john 17 25 England
11 May 2007 1:28AM
Great interest and a great PF Alan... nice to stay a while and have a good look around I am looking to travel the world as you have done / are doing hope i can bring a tenth of what you have shown back

well done keep posting

Barry John

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