SIMpray Kids Fun Facts – Thailand

In Thai culture, each day of the week is associated with a particular colour.

Monday : Yellow, Tuesday : Pink, Wednesday : Green, Thursday : Orange, Friday : Blue, Saturday : Purple and Sunday : Red

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Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is the country’s national sport. Although football is hugely popular in Thailand.

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The smallest mammal in the world the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (also known as the bumblebee bat because its body is only the size of a bumblebee) is only found in Thailand. (It’s so small we couldn’t find any pictures!)

You can also find Rafflesia in Thailand – the largest flower in the world. It can grow up to 90cm in diameter! Because Rafflesia are pollinated by flies, they are the smelliest flowers on the planet and smell a bit like rotting meat.

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Rice is eaten as part of every meal, including breakfast and pudding. The words “I’m hungry” in Thai literally translate to “I want to eat rice”.

To greet someone in Thailand you put your hands together and lift them to your face whilst bowing. The higher you raise your hands, the more respect you show.

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The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. It’s official name is one of the longest names in the world, Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom.

The main religion in Thailand is Buddhism. There are over 40,000 Buddhist temples and Thai men under the age of 20 often become monks even just for a few weeks of study.

In Bangkok there are two Buddhist universities with several thousand monk students.

SIM’s Faithful Witness scheme sends teams of mission workers to places in the world where there are very few Christians, and where people are living who have never heard the name of Jesus. One of these teams is based in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The few Christians who do live in Ayutthaya are the first believers in their families, and mission workers read the Bible and pray with them to help them to learn more about Jesus.

Building friendships in Ayutthaya is the first step to sharing about Jesus. People can be very wary of people who are not Thai.

Please pray that God will bless the mission workers in Ayutthaya with good friendships with people who would like to learn about Jesus.

Pray that as the team help the community with sports lessons, art therapy, community health, education and English language learning, God will open up conversations centred on him.

It’s craft time!

Ask an adult to print out this Flextangle paper craft taken from BKK Kids featuring an elephant, monkey, gecko and turtle (all animals found in Thailand.) It is a bit tricky to construct, so be patient. There are video instructions here.

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