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Constitution Day 2016

The Democracy Monument in the center of Bangkok

Only a few monarchies today have remained absolute, with all the powers vested in the reigning king or queen. The concentration of political power from one ruler has transitioned to a group of advisers or a council, and this was what happened to Thailand on December 10, 1932. People Power …

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The King’s Birthday 2013

The much revered King of Thailand (Photo by SeaDave)

Rama IX, popularly known as King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is the world’s longest-reigning monarch. His Majesty came to the throne on June 9, 1946, while still finishing his studies in Switzerland. It was there that he met his future wife, Queen Sirikit, equally the world’s longest-serving consort. As the descendant of …

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Chulalongkorn Day 2013

Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), seated, alongside King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), standing, in the grounds of Chulalongkorn University

Thai monarchs are revered by their people because of their great contributions to the development of the nation. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was one of those monarchs who opened up the country to Western thought, having been tutored by a British-Indian governess named Anna Leonowens whose life was the basis …

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The Queen’s Birthday 2013

Parade for the Queen's Birthday

Born Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara on August 12, 1932 to Thai noble families, the longest-serving consort to the world’s longest-reigning monarch – King Bhumibol Adulyadej – will turn 81 this year. Queen Sirikit, as she is now known, is considered the Mother of All Thais, so her birthday is also …

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Beginning of Vassa 2013

Buddhist monk doing meditation

Asalha Puja, or the celebration of the First Sermon of Buddha, is one of the most important religious celebrations in Thailand, a country steeped in Theravada Buddhism. To formally start the commemoration of the teachings of Buddha, the monks and Buddhist ascetics retreat from peripatetic lifestyle in a tradition called …

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Makha Bucha Day 2016

Candle Light Procession in Bangkok (Photo by Taiger808)

Makha Bucha is one of the most important religious festivals celebrated in Thailand, and is done to venerate the teachings of Buddha. In 2016, Thailand will celebrate this public holiday on the 22nd of February which falls on the full moon day of the third month in the lunar calendar. …

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