Authentic Thai Restaurant Supports Las Vegas Community For Mother’s Day
While many restaurants offer Mother’s Day brunches and specials, Kung Fu Plaza, which is the oldest and most authentic Chinese restaurant and Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada, has adopted an Eastern tradition for Mother’s Day. Kung Fu Plaza has become a supporter of the United Way this year.
“Mother’s Day in Mainland China and Thailand is celebrated much like it is here in the United States, although Thailand observes Mother’s Day on August 12,” says Alan Wong, general manger of Kung Fu Plaza. “What is a bit different is both countries honor mothers and also focus their attention on the poor and less fortunate.”
In China, Project Happiness is one of several projects designed to help mothers in that country’s poverty-stricken areas. And in Thailand, August 12 was commemorated to honor the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is regarded as the mother of all Thai people because of Her Majesty’s benevolence toward the needy and poor in the Kingdom.
China and Thailand have also adopted elements of Mother’s Day from the west. In addition to helping curb poverty, sons and daughters in China honor their mothers with carnations on the second Sunday in May. Carnations were chosen because the flower’s dense petals, has come to symbolize a mother’s care, and love. In Thailand, they give white jasmine flowers or garlands to their mothers on August 12 as a symbol of maternal love, and continued devotion to their Mothers.
“Mother’s Day in Thailand is one of the most beautiful event taking place annually. People all around the Kingdom of Thailand raise their flags and decorate their homes with the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and local Thai and foreign organizations decorate with garlands and colorful lights,” says Wong. “Of course, most of the world, including China, celebrates on the second Sunday in May, just like we do in the United States. While people offer many suggestions to make Mother’s Day more like China’s observance, simply sharing a meal with the entire family and friends is always appreciated by mothers everywhere.”
Wong, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Thailand via China in the 1960s, says both cultures embraced Mother’s Day because of their respect for elders and family. He says it feels good to introduce their contributions to this special day, specifically the support they extend their communities to help poor mothers as well.
Kung Fu Plaza maintains a menu that includes almost 800 dishes, predominantly from China and Thailand. The menu selection represents one of the most expansive Chinese and Thai menus in the region. To review a complete menu, visit Las-Vegas-Restaurant-Menu.
Founded in 1973, Kung Fu Plaza is the oldest and most authentic Chinese food and Thai food restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, call 702-247-4120.