There are more or less fourteen to sixteen public holiday a year in Thailand. Each are regulated by the government and most are observed by the public and private sectors. The following are the holidays and dates announced for 2013.
New Year’s Day 2013 – Tuesday, 1 January 2013
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year.
Makha Bucha 2013 – Monday, 25 February 2013
Makha Bucha is an important Buddhist festival in Thailand on the full moon day of the third lunar month. It commemorates the Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha.
Chakri Memorial Day 2013 – Saturday, 6 April 2013 & Monday, 8 April 2013 (Observance Day)
Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty in 1782 by King Rama I, who assumed power on April 6. During the day, the nation pays respects to all of the Kings of the Dynasty.
Songkran 2013 – Saturday, 13 April 2013, Sunday, 14 April 2013, & Monday, 15 April 2013
The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day. Families and friends gather to celebrate by visiting temples, sprinkling water on Buddha images in reverence, and sprinkling water on each other’s hands as an act of wishing good luck.
Labor Day 2013 – Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.
Coronation Day 2013 – Sunday, 5 May 2013 & Monday, 6 May 2013
Coronation Day commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950.
Vesak 2013 – Friday, 24 May 2013
Vesak is an annual Buddhist holiday celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
Asalha Puja 2013 – Monday, 22 July 2013
Asalha Puja is a Buddhist festival takes place on the full moon of the eighth lunar month. It commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon.
Beginning of Vassa 2013 – Tuesday, 23 July 2013
This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period. Buddhist Lent is a time devoted to study and meditation.
The Queen’s Birthday 2013 – Monday, 12 August 2013
The Queen’s Birthday commemorates the birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1932; also observed as National Mother’s Day.
Chulalongkorn Day 2013 – Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Chulalongkorn Day commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
The King’s Birthday 2013 – Thursday, 5 December 2013
The King’s Birthday commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927; also observed as National Day and National Father’s Day.
Constitution Day 2013 – Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Constitution Day commemorates the promulgation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.
New Year’s Eve 2013 – Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Final day of the Gregorian year. The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday.
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