Festivals and Public Holidays

festivalsJanuary 1. New Year”s Day

Celebrations for the start of the new year

January 10. Children”s Day

On the second Saturday in January every year, there is a special celebration for children. Many places let children go in free or half price on this day.

January 16. Teacher”s Day

On the 16th January every year, all of the schools in Thailand are closed for the day as a special tribute to the teachers.

February 11. Makha Buchaa Day

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.

February 28. Chinese New Year
April 2. HRH The Princess”s Birthday
April 6. Chakri Day

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

April 23. 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 Labor 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 11. Ploughing Day

An important ceremony to mark the official start of the rice-planting season.

May 17. Visakha Bucha 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 19. Khao Phansa Day

Buddhist holiday

July 28. HRH The Crown Prince”s Birthday
August 12. HM 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.

November 3. Loy Krathong

The most picturesque of the Thai festivals is held on the full-moon of the 12th lunar month. Little candle-lit krathongs are launched onto the water as an offering to Mother Water. People apologize for polluting the water and promise to do better in the future.

December 5. HM 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 in 1932.

December 31. New Year”s Eve

Celebrations to welcome the start of the new year.