If you visit Chanthaburi in eastern Thailand you may notice rabbit emblems popping up all over the city. They are present on street signs, shop-fronts and hotel logos. But why are they there?
Chanthaburi translates as ‘moon city’. In Thai folklore a rabbit (or hare) is closely associated with the moon and as such, the animal has become a symbol of Chanthaburi. A rabbit and a representation of the moon feature on the official provincial seal of Chanthaburi.
In Thai, Monday is â€˜wan chan‘ (‘wan jan‘) which translates as ‘day of the moon’. Monday is associated with the colour yellow and according to local belief, yellow is considered a lucky colour for the people from the ‘city of the moon’, Chanthaburi.