01 : New Year's Day / วันขื้นปีใหม่
As 01st Jan is a Sunday, Monday 02nd Jan is given as a substitution public holiday.
14 : Thai children Day / วันเด็กแห่งชาติ
16 : Teachers Day / วันครู
This day is an occasion for pupils to make merit for their teachers (ไหว้ครู). Teachers are highly worshipped in Thailand for their knowledge. Pupils do not dare to embarrass their teachers by asking questions.
25 : Thai Army Day / วันกองทัพไทย
During this day, Thai King Rama IX visits the army and watches a military parade.
28 : Chinese New Year's Day / วันตรุษจีน
11 : Makabucha day / วันมาฆาบูชา
As 11st Feb is a Saturday, Monday 13rd Feb is given as a substitution public holiday.
14 : Valentine's Day / วันวาเลนไทน์
No public holidays in March this year.
06 : Chakri day / วันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์
13-14-15 : Songkran / วันสงกรานต์
01 : National Labour day / วันแรงงานแห่งชาติ
The first day of May is a public holiday commemorating the workers.
05 : Coronation day / วันฉัตรมงคล
10 : Visakabucha day / วันวิสาขบูชา
This day is a Buddhist public holiday. This day commemorates the birth, the enlightment and the death (entry into the nirvana) of Buddha. Temples throughout the country are crowded with people listening to sermons about Dharma (Buddha's teaching). In the evening there is a candlelit procession around the main building of the temple (โบสถ์) containing the Buddha statues.
12 : Royal Ploughing / วันพืชมงคล
The Royal ploughing is done every year by Brahminic priests. This event happens in the front of the Royal temple "WAT PHRA KAEW" (วัดพระแก้ว) on the big field called "SANAM LUANG" (สนามหลวง).
This ceremony symbolises the beginning of the sowing period. Brahminic priests bless seeds and make symbolic furrows using a plough pulled by buffalos. Once the ceremony is over, onlookers run to the furrows in order to get the blessed seeds. Those seeds are supposed to bring good harvests.
This is a public holiday.
No public holidays in June this year.
01 : Bank day / วันยุดธนาคาร
This day is not a public holiday but banks are closed to observe the Mid Year Closing Day.
08 : Asalabucha day / วันอาสาฬหบูชา
This day is a Buddhist public holiday. It happens one day just before the Buddhist Lent day. This day commemorates the first sermon of Buddha to his five first disciples. One of them asked to become a monk. So this day is sacred because it deals with Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (Buddhist community). There are also candlelit processions.
09 : Buddhist Lent day / วันเข้าพรรษา
As 08th Jul is a Saturday, Monday 10th Jul is given as a substitution public holiday.
12 : H.M. The Queen's Birthday / วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าฯ พระบรมราชินีนาถ
As 12nd Aug is a Saturday, Monday 14th Aug is given as a substitution public holiday.
05 : Thetsakan Sat Chin / เทศกาลสารทจีน
This day is celebrated by the Chinese community. The Hungry Ghost Festival is a major Buddhist and Taoist event. Hungry ghosts are the restless spirits of people who did not have a funeral. There is no one visiting their graves and they do not receive the gifts that Chinese people would take to their ancestors to pay respects. They miss out on food and spirit money.
20 : Thetsakan Sat Thai / เทศกาลสารทไทย
04 : Moon festival / วันไหว้พระจันทร์
05 : End of Buddhist Lent day / วันออกพรรษา or วันปวารณา
This day is a religious event. The three months rain retreat is over for monks. Monks are allowed to go out of temples. Robes offering ceremonies ("THOT KATHIN" - ทอดกฐิน) happen everywhere in Thailand. Thai people choose poor remote Buddhist temples and bring there clothes, food for the monks. "THOT KATHIN" ceremonies last one month.
20 : Vegetarian festival / เทศกาลกินเจ
The vegetarian festival lasts until the 09th October included, so a total of nine days.
23 : Chulalongkorn day / วันปิยมหาราช
As 23rd October is a Sunday, Monday 24th October is given as a substitution public holiday.
03 : Loi Krathong day / วันลอยกระทง
03 : Trooping of the Colors
During this day, Thai Royal guards parade in front of the members of the royal family and pledge allegiance to H.M. the King. They are dressed in colorful uniforms, reminding the time when coloured flags served as rallying points during the battle.
05 : H.M. The King Birthday / วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา พระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัว
10 : Constitution Day / วันพระราชทานรัฐธรรมบูญ
Since 1932 Thailand is a democracy. Before 1932, Thailand was called Siam and was under the total rule of the King. Now Thailand is a democracy. The king has still some power, but just a moral power over Thai people, who worship him for all its kindness and goodness. Thailand is similar to English system, i.e. a King with no real power, a government and no president. This public holiday is the day to commemorate the Thai constitution.
As 10th December is a Sunday, Monday 11st is given as a substitution public holiday.
25 : Christmas Day / วันคริสต์มาส
28 : King Taksin Memorial Day / วันสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช
31 : New Year's Eve / วันสิ้นปี
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