In Bangkok, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife joined an alms-giving ceremony at Sanam Luang. Of the 243 monks given alms, 20 were senior monks and abbots of prominent Bangkok temples. Because she is considered “the mother of the nation”, her birthday is celebrated as National Mother’s Day. People mostly wore blue, the colour associated with Friday, the day Her Majesty was born. At 7pm on Sunday, Prayut will preside at a televised hour-long candle-lit ceremony at Sanam Luang to express well wishes to the queen.