Public Holidays in Thailand

by Yin Teing on October 13, 2009

Festival Date Remarks
New Year’s Day 1 January  
Magha Puja Day Full moon, 3rd lunar month A PH commemorating the gathering of Lord Buddha’s disciples that culminates with a candelit walk around the main chapel of every temple in the country.
Chinese New Year First and second day of the first lunar month A week of festivities and fireworks display in the Chinese neighborhood throughout Thailand
Chakri Day 6 April Commemorating the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, King Rama I
Songkran Festival 13- 15 April Thai New Year. Water is splashed on everyone in a ‘gesture of good luck’ for the new year. In some places, colourful water based paints are also splashed- so don’t go out dressed in your expensive clothes.
Labor Day 1 May  
Coronation Day 5 May Coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadey (King Rama IX)
Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day Held in May Held when the rice growing season begins
Visakha Puja Day Full moon of the sixth lunar month Commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha.
Asalha Puja Day Full moon, eight lunar month The day the Buddha delivered the first sermon
Khao Phansa In July Celebrate the beginning of Buddhist lent, or the rains retreat.
H.M Queen’s birthday/ Mother’s Day 12 August Celebrating the birthday of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
Ok Phansa October End of Buddhist lent/ rains retreat. Kathina would be held at various temples around Thailand
Chulalongkorn Day 23 October Commemorate the passing away of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V)
Loi Krathong festival Full moon of the 12th Lunar month Usually falls in November- it is a celebration of lights, floats and releasing of laterns. Places like Chao Phraya river (Bangkok), Chiang Mai and Sukhothai will come alive with lights, floating laterns and river boat floats.
H.M King’s Birthday 5 December To celebrate King Bhumibol’s birthday
Constitution Day 10 December To celebrate the day of Thailand’s democratic constitution
New Year’s Eve 31 December Celebration across the country to bring in the new year.

Above is the standard public holidays in Thailand. Some of the holidays follows the lunar calendar, which varies from one year to the other.

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