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Festivals and Holidays

In Thailand, any time is a good time for a party!

Public Holidays and Festivals in 2015:

New Year’s Day

The western New Year is a national holiday, one of the three “New Year” holidays celebrated in Thailand.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Chinese New Year The Chinese lunar year is celebrated throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday. 
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Makha Bucha Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s teachings and is an occasion when Buddhists go to the temple to perform merit.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Chakri Day Chakri Day is celebrated to remember the founding of the current dynasty by its first King, Rama I.
Monday, 6 April 2015
Songkran Songkran is the favorite and biggest festival celebrating the traditional Thai New Year.  The most obvious celebration is the throwing of water in a festive and cheerful atmosphere. Be prepared to have fun and get wet all over! The throwing of water is originally a way to pay respect to people and the water is a symbol of washing all the bad away. During this prime holiday, many people return home for big family reunions and visits to the temples.
Monday, 13 April 2015 to Wednesday 15 April 2015
Thailand Labor Day Friday, 1 May 2015
Coronation Day Celebrates the day when His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned as Rama IX in 1950.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Royal Ploughing Ceremony and Farmer’s Day An ancient royal rite held in Thailand to mark the beginning of the rice-growing season and to give blessing to the country’s farmers. 
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Wisakha Bucha Day    The holiest Buddhist holiday commemorates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.
Monday, 1 June 2015
Asalha Puja Day Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist Sangha.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Buddhist Lent Day Buddhist observance marking the beginning of the Buddhist Lent period.
Friday, 31 July 2015
Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Commemorates the birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1932, this national holiday is observed as the country’s Mothers’ Day as well.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Chulalongkorn Day Commemorates the passing of one of Thailand’s most revered kings, Rama V.
Friday, 23 October 2015
Wan Awk Phansa This day marks the end of the Buddhist Lent period.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Thod Kathin Presentation of Monk’s new Robes.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Loy Krathong One of the most beautiful festivals, when beautiful floral floats made of banana leafs and flowers, decorated with candles and incense are sent with wishes on rivers. While Loy Krathong is not a public holiday, it is celebrated nationwide.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
His Majesty the King’s Birthday Commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927 and observed as the National Day and country’s Fathers’ Day as well.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Thai Constitution Day Celebrates the promulgation of the first constitution in 1932.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
New Years’ Eve The last day of the Gregorian year is always marked a national holiday.
Thursday, 31 December 2015