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“Wai” approved as part of Thai national identity

The Cabinet approved the “wai” gesture today as part of the Thai national identity for greetings and expressions of respect.

Deputy government spokesman Karom Pholpornklang said that the “wai” is a social gesture and traditional practice that has been associated with the way of life of Thai people for a long time, although it originated in India, through Buddhist, Brahma and Hindu beliefs.

He said that, in Thailand, the “wai” gesture has been adapted and has developed in diversity, profoundness and expressive meaning, which make the Thai-style “wai” unique.

He also said that the idea of making the “wai” part of the Thai national identity is intended to create a unique identity and culture that will be passed on to future generations.

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