Thai don’t have much vacation but they do have quite some public holidays. Here is a selection of national celebration days in Thailand with the Songkran festival as the topper! During the festival people will get on the streets to splash each other wet in the heat of the summer.
January 1st: New Years Day
(Wan Khuen Pi Ma)
The celebration of the start of a new year in the Georgian calendar. A great spectacle just like elsewhere in the world.
February 19th: Chinese New Year’s day
(Wan Trut Chin)
Chinese New Year is true happening in Thailand as there are many Chinese living. Mostly celebrated for three days, the announcements can’t be missed. Red Chinese balloons are decorating the streets and Chinese markets ready to sell all delicious kinds of Chinese foods and arts.
April 6th: Chakri Day
Celebration of the start of the Chakri dynasty. It is the current monarchy since 1782.
13th to 15th of April: Songkran festival
The most famous festival of Thailand is the Songkran festival. Everyone gets out of their houses and goes crazy in the streets by splashing each other with water (pistols). As it will be super hot, getting wet is no problem at all! Officially it’s the celebration of the traditional new year of Thailand, many Thai come together with their family during these days.
May 5th: Coronation Day
(Wan Chattra Mongkhon)
At the 5th of May in 1950 Bhumibol Adulyadej became king Rama IX and the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. He is at the moment the longest reigning monarch of the world however his health is declining he is being treated at the hospital.
1st of July: Asalha Puja
One of the most important days for Buddists on of the eight lunar month. Celebrating it does the first sermon of Buddha during the full length of the lunar month. Many religious people donate offerings to temples and listen to sermons. The event indicates the start of the rainy season but also the start of a period of segregation called vassa or waso.
12th of August: Queens Birthday
(Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phra Nang Chao Phra Boromma Rachini Nat)
Queen Sikit is the wife of Bhumibol Adulyadej (king Rama IX). Her complete name is: Somdej Phra Nangchao Sirikit Phra Boromarajininat, yes you can try to pronounce it! Her birthday is also associated with Mothers day.
23th of October: Chulalongkorn Day
(Wan Piya Maharat)
For most Thai people the 23th of October is one day off because King Chalalongkorn passed away on that date in 1910.
5th of December: King’s Birthday
(Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phra Bat Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua)
National day to celebrate the birthday of the current king Bhumibol Adulyadej (king Rama IX) who was born in 1927.
10th of December: Constitution Day
(Wan Rattha Thammanun)
Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, an event that has been celebrated up to today.