By ASINA PORNWASIN
DECEMBER 5 is marked as Father's Day across Thailand, and it is no surprise that this sentiment has taken over on social media outlets.
Many fathers on Facebook have been posting photos and comments about Father’s Day activities at their children’s schools, while many organisations have also joined the celebrations.
Dtac, for instance, posted a photo of its executives and employees wearing a “Bike for Dad” T-shirt to mark His Majesty’s birthday. (https://www.facebook.com/dtac/photos/a.182651037068.168530.182638887068/10153985396292069/?type=3&theater)
Udon Thani Municipality, meanwhile, held an activity in its central sports complex, where some 5,000 residents got together to form the “Bike for Dad” words and logo.
Royal Thai Marine Corps also posed to create the words “December 5, Long Live the King” in Thai at the Royal Thai Marine headquarters in Chon Buri’s Sattahip district.
Meanwhile, sanook.com is inviting people to mark Father’s Day by giving their dads a handmade card and @eduzone is calling on all Thais to post their wishes for His Majesty at eduzones.com/fatherday.
A poster at the well-known Jaytherabbit Facebook page captured the feeling in one sentence: “Every woman may not be a queen to her husband, but she is always a princess to her father”.
Many companies and organisations are also offering special services to mark Father’s Day today.
For instance, @MRT_BMCL is offering free MRT rides to all those who travel with their dad, while @GCC_1111 tweeted that Chiang Mai’s Royal Park Rajapruek will allow free entry to all those who visit with their dad today.
@webdekd has launched 10 children’s books about fathers at http://www.dek-d.com/writer/39191/, while @kapookdotcom has set up a page (http://fatherday.kapook.com/|post.php) where people can write special messages to their dad.
@SanookNews posted a photo of lights in a building turned on to look like the Thai digit nine, while @llinw tweeted the picture of a building with the word “father” in Thai and a heart created with lights.
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg also welcomed his new daughter Max with a touching post: “We are committed to doing our small part to help create this world for all children. We will give 99 per cent of our Facebook shares – currently about $45 billion – during our lives to join many others in improving this world for the next generation.”
He also wrote “A letter to our daughter”, providing details of what he would do, focusing on advancing human potential and promoting equality.
You can see the full letter at: www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634 .
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, also welcomed the new arrival with: “This is a beautiful letter and an incredible commitment to future generations. Congratulations Mark and Priscilla – this is the start of another amazing chapter in your lives.”
Well-known American journalist Jeff Jarvis responded to Zuckerberg’s post with: “Mazel, Mark! You are building a better world for your child and every child.”
It was a fitting tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.