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Public Holidays and Festivals in Thailand, Important Dates 2019 – 2020

The main festivals and public holidays in Thailand in 2019 – 2020, for an overview of festivals and days off, when governments, banks, shops may be closed.

Namely: in Thailand, there are two calendar, the Western Christian calendar and the Buddhist calendar starts 543 years before.

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The main festivals and holidays 2019 in Thailand

December 5: Anniversary of King Rama IX and Father’s Day – a public holiday –

The birthday of King Rama IX.

It is also Father’s Day; this holiday is a national holiday.

As the King was born on a Monday, Thai wear yellow clothing to honor him.

December 10: Constitution Day – a public holiday –

Commemorates the first constitution of Thailand in 1932, which increased the country an absolute regime monarchy to a system constitutional monarchy.

December 25 Christmas

In Thai villages, nothing happens on this occasion, but in big cities, mainly in malls, Christmas is honored.

December 31: New Year’s Eve – National Holiday –

New Year, celebrated in Thailand as elsewhere, although in the countryside, this is not an important holiday.

The main festivals and holidays 2020 in Thailand

January 1: New Year – National Holiday –

Like around the world.

January 12: Children’s Day

In Thailand, children also have the right to party (with us it’s Christmas).

Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of January.

Open houses, shows, and other events are organized for children; this is an opportunity for family outings.

Jan. 16 Teachers’ day

If January 16 falls on a weekend, the holiday is held the day before.

During the Teachers’ day, students demonstrate their respects to the teachers by offering flowers and making the traditional Thai Wai.

In some schools, there are also shows.

Jan. 25 2020: The Chinese New Year

The Thai and the Chinese community, celebrate the Chinese New Year for three days.

During this period, China is highlighted in large cities with many red decorations, stands of vegetarian foods, lots of firecrackers and the famous dancing dragons.

February 14: Valentine’s day

Festivals for lovers across the country.

In the area of Trang, they organize weddings underwater every year on this occasion.

February 9 – 10: Makha Bucha Day – a public holiday –

Makha Busha is a festival that commemorates the day when 1,250 disciples spontaneously gathered to hear the first sermon Buddhadefining the basic principles of Buddhism.

See our article:
Makha Bucha day, an important Buddhist festival in Thailand

April 6: Chakri Day – a public holiday –

The anniversary of the coronation of the first king of the Chakri dynasty whose current king is the tenth representative, Rama X.

This day also commemorates the beginning of the Rattanakosin era with Bangkok as the capital of the kingdom.

On this occasion, a ceremony was held with the royal family in the temple Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.

April 13 to 15: Songkran: Thai New Year – National Holiday –

Do's and don'ts for Songkran 2020
Songkran festival

The Thai New Year is celebrated throughout the country from 13 to 15 April, but dates vary by province.

It is one of the most important festivals during which there are many water battles all over the country.

See our article: Songkran, the Thai New Year

May 1: Labor Day – a public holiday –

Labour Day, as in many countries.

May 4: Coronation day – public holiday

King Rama X was crowned on May 4, 2019

6 May: Visakha Bucha Day – a public holiday –

Visakha Busha is the most important religious ceremony of the country; it commemorates the birth of Buddha, his enlightenment, and death.

Of religious ceremonies are held in all temples of the country.

June 3: Queen Suthida’s birthday

Birthday of the new queen of Thailand, wife of King Rama X.

July 5: Asahna Bucha – Public holiday –

On the full moon day in July, Asahna Bucha is celebrated, a Buddhist religious holiday that celebrates Buddha’s first sermon.

It is one of the most important Buddhist festivals.

July 6: Khao Phansa

Khao Phansa begins just after Asahara Bucha; it is Buddhist Lent, a three-month retreat period for monks.

During this period, many young people became monks.

It is also the time when Thai people make good resolutions, such as stopping drinking, smoking, dieting…

July 28: the birthday of HM King Vajiralongkorn – Jour férié –

Birthday of HM Rama X, King of Thailand.

August 12: Mother Queen Sirikit’s Birthday and Mother’s Day – a public holiday-

Mother’s Day in Thailand is also the anniversary of Queen Sirikit, mother of the present King of Thailand.

For more information, see:
August 12: Birthday of Queen Sirikit and Mother’s Day
and
In Thailand, there is a color for each day of the week.

October 13: date of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol – National Holiday-

Day in honor of King Rama IX.

October 23: Chulalongkorn Day

The day of the death of Rama V Chulalongkorn, a king who is still beloved and revered by the Thai is considered as the king who has opened the country to modernity.

October 31: Ok Phansa

It’s the end of Buddhist Lent, Khao Phansa.

On Ok Phansa Day Buddhists go to the different temples to make offerings, including monastic dresses.

November 1: Loy Krathong, the festival of lights

loy-kratong
Loy Krathong: Thailand’s festival of lights

The end of the rainy season is celebrated on the full moon of November.

It is the most beautiful festival of the country, the contest beauties are organized and the competition of the finest Krathong (small-flowered raft), bodies of water are lit candles rafts, and thousands of Chinese lanterns illuminate the sky.

See our article: Loi Krathong, the Festival of Lights

December 5: Anniversary of King Rama IX and Father’s Day – a public holiday –

The birthday of King Rama IX.

It is also Father’s Day; this holiday is a national holiday.

As the King was born on a Monday, Thai wear yellow clothing to honor him.

December 10: Constitution Day – a public holiday –

Commemorates the first constitution of Thailand in 1932, which increased the country an absolute regime monarchy to a system constitutional monarchy.

December 25 Christmas

In villages it nothing happens on this occasion, but in big cities, mainly in malls, Christmas is honored.

December 31: New Year’s Eve – National Holiday –

New Year, celebrated in Thailand as elsewhere, although in the countryside, this is not an important holiday.


See as well :

Full Moon Party in Thailand: description and dates of the 2019 festivities in Koh Phagnan


Source: toutelathailande.fr, Pictures: Songkran: JJ Harrison

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