Do you love Muaythai? We do too. This is why we want to help you understand the history behind National Muaythai Day
The reason for celebrating this glorious day, dates back to the middle of the 18th century (1767). These times were filled with constant battles between Burma and Siam (Thailand at the time) for territory of the sacred land. Nai Khanomtom was a boxer, and a soldier in the Thai army. For those who don't know, it is said that Thai soldiers had to learn Muay Boran as a way to defend themselves when swords and other weapons failed or when taken away due to capture.
At the time of the fall of the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya. Legend goes that Nai Khanomton was captured and taken to Burma. The Burmese king held a religious festival, at which there were a number of martial art contests. The first day of celebration marked the first day of the fights. And the first time the Burmese saw a display of Muay Boran. Before the match began, Nai Khanom Tom started to dance around his Burmese opponent. The crowd thought this Thai tradition, Wai Kru, was black magic. When the signal to fight was given, Nai Khanomtom knocked out his opponent. The referee thought the black magic ritual was why the match was won so easily and claimed the win as invalid.
The Burmese King then asked Nai Khanomtom to fight another nine Burmese champions to prove himself. He agreed and fought them all, one after the other with no rest periods in between. Following this feat, no one else dared to challenge him any further. Impressed by his impressive performance, the Burmese king granted Nai Khanom Tom freedom. To commemorate Nai Khanom Tom’s extraordinary achievement, the Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony is staged annually on March 17th, and the day has been designated “Boxer’s Day” or “National Muay Thai Day”.
Now you know the reason for this very special day in MuayThai culture. Celebrate by sharing this post or commenting down below. Sawadee Khap/kha!
Source: wikipedia, thaifestivalblogs.com, moderndaywarrior.tv