A Day of Green for St. Patrick of Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March — thought to be the death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed worldwide. This day commemorates Saint Patrick; the arrival of Christianity in Ireland; and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Although it’s St. Patrick’s Day here, but did you know that it is Boxer’s Day in Thailand? This day is used to commemorate and recognize Thailand’s national folk hero Nai Khanomtom … the “Father of Muay Thai”.
According to legend, in 1774 Nai Khanomtom was one of thousands Siamese prisoners being held by the Burmese King Mangra after the Burmese invasion in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In occasion of a festival, the king wanted to see if the Muay Boran could be compared with the Burmese boxing and Nai Khanomtom was selected to fight against the Burmese boxing champion. After the ritual of the Wai Kru (the Burmese thought that this was Thai black magic) Nai Khanom Tom fought the Burmese boxing champion and won by Knock Out.
The referee claimed the win not valid because he was distracted by the music and might be some kind of sorcery. The king then sent other nine fighters, one by one without time breaks between fights. They were all put on the ground by the hands (and knees and elbows) of Nai Khanom Tom. This Thai warrior earned his release from captivity by defeating ten Burmese warriors, barehanded, before the Burmese King.
OCKMMA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and Muay Thai Day!