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Official Holidays

Holidays to look out for in Thailand

January 1 New Year's Day Celebrations for the start of the new year

February Magha Puja The full moon of the third lunar month marks the occasion when 1250 of the Buddha's disciples came to hear him preach. This day is a public holiday.

April 6 Chakri Memorial Day A public holiday, commemorating King Rama I who was the first of the Chakri kings.

April 12-14 Songkran Festival During April 13-15, everyone celebrates the traditional Thai new year. In every home, Buddha images are washed with rose scented water. People also pay respects to their elders by pouring a little water over their hands. Outside,people go a little wilder and buckets of water are thrown over everything that moves.

May 1 National Labour Day
A holiday for some factory and office workers.

May 5 Coronation Day
A public holiday to commemorate the coronation of the king and queen in 1946.

May 10 Royal Ploughing Ceremony An important ceremony to mark the official start of the rice-planting season.

May Visakha Puja Day The full moon of the sixth lunar month is the most important date on the? Buddhist religious calendar. It celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment? and death. Every year on this day, teachers from our school take part in a candle-lit procession around the main chapel of a local temple. They carry with them flowers, three incense sticks and a lighted candle. They walk around the chapel three times in a clock-wise direction. Afterwards they listen to a sermon from a monk. This day is also a public holiday.

July Asalha Puja Day

July Khao Phansa Day (Buddhist Lent) Buddhist holiday

August 12 H.M. the Queen's Birthday Celebrations for the Queen's birthday. This day is also Mother's Day and a public holiday.

October 23 Chulalongkorn Day A public holiday, on 23rd October,to commemorate King Rama V who did a lot of important things for Thailand. His many accomplishments include the abolition of slavery, the construction of the railways, the establishment of the post and telegraph services and the creation of the ministerial system.

December 5 H.M. the King's Birthday Celebrations for the King's birthday. This day is also Father's Day and a public holiday.

December 10 Constitution Day' A public holiday to commemorate the start of the constitutional monarchy in1932.

December 31 New Year's Eve Celebrations to welcome the start of the new year.