Koh Chang Guide

Thai Festivals & Holidays 2016/2017

Thailand celebrates a whole host of different celebrations, festivals and public holidays.
On Thai public holidays banks, post offices etc. are closed but all transport and most tourism-related businesses still operate as normal.
Below is a guide to the Thailand Public Holidays in 2016.

 

October 2016

23rd Sunday – Chulalongkorn Day
Public Holiday in remembrance of the revered Thai Monarch King Rama V.
24th Monday – Holiday in Lieu

November 2016

15th Tuesday – Loy Kratong
Thailand’s special annual Full Moon Festival.
(Read more about this atmospheric festival here)

December 2016

5th Monday
King’s Birthday – The celebration of the 86th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the world’s longest serving monarch, also marks Father’s day in Thailand.

10th Saturday – Constitution Day
Public holiday celebrating the signing of the first of Thailand’s many constitutions.

25th Sunday – Christmas Day
Not a public holiday but Christmas is certainly celebrated in all the nation’s shopping malls

31st Sunday – New Year’s Eve
Public holiday

January 2017

1st Sunday – New Years Day
The Western New Year is the first of three New Year celebrations in Thailand and is a national holiday.

2nd Monday – New Years Day – Public Holiday in Lieu

28th Saturday – Chinese New Year
Whilst widely celebrated by Thailand’s large Chinese community the Chinese lunar New Year is not a national holiday although lots of businesses close and watch out for sudden bursts of firecracker fire. This year, in case you were wondering, will be the year of the Chicken. It’s also the year of the colour red and of the element fire. Spicy Kung Po Chicken for all then!

February 2017

11th Saturday – Makha Bucha Day
Makha Bucha day is a Buddhist festival and national holiday that celebrates the first sermon given by the Buddha.

13th Monday – Makha Bucha Day – Public Holiday In  Lieu

March 2017

22nd-23rd Wednesday/Thursday – Trat Memorial Day
Although they are not public holidays on these days the people of Trat province celebrate the return of Trat to Thai sovereignty by the French following negotiations overseen by King Rama V. If you find yourself in Trat Town on these days then head to the park in front of the city hall which is the focus of festivities to mark the anniversary.

April 2017

Wednesday 6th – Chakri Day
A public holiday that celebrates the founding of Thailand’s Chakri dynasty of Monarchy in 1782 by King Rama I.

Thu, Fri, Sat 13-14-15 – Songkran Festival (Read more about the famous water festival here)
Thailand’s New Year is celebrated by the famous water festival. Get involved and you’ll have fun.

May 2017

Sunday 1st – Labour Day
A holiday that is held in Thailand and many other countries to celebrate the economic and social contributions of the Kingdom’s workers – by giving them the day off.
Monday 2nd – Day off in lieu

Friday 5th – Coronation Day
A holiday in celebration of the coronation of His Royal Highness the King of Thailand, the world’s longest serving monarch.

Wednesday 10th – Visaka Bucha Day
This sacred Buddhist day marks three events; the birth, the enlightenment and the passing on of the Buddha.

Friday 12th – Royal Ploughing Ceremony
This ancient royal ceremony marks the traditional commencement of rice-sowing across the country and is celebrated by a public holiday

July 2017

8th Saturday – Asana Bucha Day
10th Monday – Asana Bucha Day – Holiday in Lieu

11th Tuesday – Buddhist Lent
These are Public Holidays celebrating the Buddhist Lent period when monks traditionally retreat to their temples in contemplation as new life grows and springs forth.

August 2017

12th Saturday – The Birthday of her Royal Highness the Queen of Thailand.
This day serves as a Public Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and is also the day that Thais celebrate Mothers’ Day.
14th Monday – Holiday in Lieu

October 2017

23rd Monday – Chulalongkorn Day
Public Holiday in remembrance of the revered Thai Monarch King Rama V.

November 2017

4th Saturday – Loy Kratong
Thailand’s special annual Full Moon Festival.
(Read more about this atmospheric festival here)

December 2017

5thTuesday
King’s Birthday – The celebration of the 86th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the world’s longest serving monarch, also marks Father’s day in Thailand.

10th Sunday – Constitution Day
Public holiday celebrating the signing of the first of Thailand’s many constitutions.
11th Monday – Holiday in Lieu

25th Monday – Christmas Day
Not a public holiday in this Buddhist nation but Christmas is certainly celebrated in all the nation’s shopping malls.

31st Sunday – New Year’s Eve
Public holiday

Posted on June 14, 2016 in Information Pages, Koh Chang NewsComments Off

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