Look at the map of Thailand. Isn't it true that the outlines of the country resemble the head of an elephant with a trunk? It seems to Thais that way: the head of an imaginary elephant rests in the central part, the ears are turned to the north and east, and the trunk extends far to the south.
Not surprisingly, Thailand also has a holiday dedicated to these powerful yet very gentle animals, National Thai Elephant Day. It has been celebrated annually on March 13 since 1998.
The date for the holiday was chosen due to the fact that on March 13, 1963, the Royal Forest Department of Thailand proclaimed the white elephant the national animal of the state.