HOLIDAYS & FESTIVAL 2014
Thailand has a large number of festivals and holidays. Exact dates for festivals may vary from year to year, either because of the lunar calendar, which is not synchronized with the solar calendar, or because local authorities decide to change the festival dates. The Tourism Authority of Thailand publishes an up-to-date major Events and Festivals Calendar each year. The following are just a few major holidays and festivals in Thailand.
New Year’s Day
The first day of the year in Western calendar. International New Year is one of the 3 “new year”-related holidays celebrated in Thailand.
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Chinese New Year
The first day of Chinese lunar year. Not a national holiday, but some businesses are closed in Thailand.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Makha Bucha commemorates Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha.
Friday, 14 February 2014
Chakri Memorial Day
Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the establishment of Chakri Dynasti.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Songkran, also known as Water Festival, is a celebration of new year in Thai lunar calendar. People celebrate Songkran by throwing water to each other. Songkran is the biggest holiday in Thailand.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 (substitute)
Thailand Labor Day
Labor day celebrates the achievement of workers in Thailand.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Coronation Day commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Monday, 5 May 2014
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient ceremony to give blessings to the farmers in Thailand.
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day
Visakha Bucha celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and entry to nirvana of the Buddha.
Monday, 12 May 2014
Asanha Bucha / Asalha Puja Day
Asanha Bucha commemorates Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares.
Friday, 11 July 2014
Buddhist Lent Day / Wan Khao Phansa
Wan Khao Phansa commemorates the beginning of Buddhist Lent period.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
HM The Queen’s Birthday
Celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit in 1932. HM The Queen’s Birthday is also celebrated as Mother’s Day in Thailand.
Friday, 8 August 2014
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910. Chulalongkorn Memorial Day is not a national holiday in Thailand.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Loy Krathong is celebrated to respect the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any waterways in Thailand. Loy Krathong is not a national holiday in Thailand.
Friday, 7 November 2014
HM The King’s Birthday
Celebrates the birthday of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Thai Constitution Day
Constitution Day or Wan Rattha Thammanun celebrates the proclamation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
New Year’s Eve
The day before New Year in Western calendar.
Tuesday, 31 December 2014