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Holidays and festivals in Thailand

(There is a 543 years difference between the Buddhist calendar and the Gregorian calendar we use in the western world) Example year 2000 = 2543 (Thai year)

1st January - New Year’s Day (According to the western calendar)

16th January – Teacher's Day

Jan/Feb - Chinese New Year (The 1st day of the 1st lunar month according to Chinese lunar calendar) “Not a national holiday”

Feb/March Makha Bucha (On the full moon of the 3th lunar month according to Chinese lunar calendar)

6th April - Chakri Memorial Day

13th April - Songkran Festival

1st May - Thailand Labor Day

5th May - Coronation Day (Commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej)

May - Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Dates may change)

May - Visakha Bucha Day (On the full moon of the 6th lunar month)

Jul/Aug - Asanha Bucha (On the full moon of the 8th Thai lunar month)

12th August - HM The Queen’s Birthday (And mother’s day in Thailand)

23rd October - Chulalongkorn Memorial Day (Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910)

November - Loy Kratong (On the 15th day of the waxing moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar)

5th December - HM The King’s Birthday (And father’s day in Thailand)

10th December - Thai Constitution Day (Celebrates the proclamation of the first permanent constitution in 1932)

31st December - New Year’s Eve