Fun Facts Quiz
Where is Thailand?
Rice has been Thailand’s major agricultural crop for centuries. The rice-planting season begins in July when heavy rains flood the fields. Throughout the hot, wet fall season, farmers steer plows drawn by water buffalo and painstakingly transplant the tender seedlings that will bloom and grow into tall stalks of rice. By November, when the dry winter season begins, the rice is ready for harvest. The remains of the rice stalks are burned, and their ashes are used to fertilize the fields.
Rice Fields in northern Thailand
Buddhism is the national religion of Thailand:
Villages are built around red-and-gold painted temples which serve as the center of spiritual and community life. Buddhism teaches that if a person is determined to reach a goal, he or she will eventually achieve it through good deeds and good intentions. A Tale of Two Rice Birds weaves this idea together with the Buddhist principles of reincarnation and lasting love. In the story, the father rice bird is determined to reunite with his mate and prove his love for her when tragedy strikes his family. He is reborn a farmer’s son, and she, a princess, and through a magical series of events, they rediscover their love and lasting connection. In Thailand, the lotus flower symbolizes Buddhism and can be seen in Thai art and architecture throughout the country.
Thai Mural Art
Thai mural art is a classic art form commissioned by Thai kings through the centuries for the walls of temples and royal palaces. The mural art tells epic stories of love and of famous battles against invaders from neighboring countries. The Thai people are proud of the fact that their country has never been colonized by another people. In fact, the word Thai, literally translated, means free. They believe that this stability and strength results from the long line of kings who have ruled and continue to rule the country to this day.