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2019: a new public holiday in Thailand. Know all public holidays.

After the coronation of King Rama X and his wedding, the birthday of Queen Suthida became a public holiday.Everything about public holidays in Thailand.

Since the Royal Decree of 14 May 2019, the birthday of the new Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana has become a public holiday. The Queen was born on June 3, 1978. Monday, June 3 is therefore a public holiday.

If having a new weekend of three days is good news, many people recognize that since the death of King Rama IX and the coronation of his son, we get lost a little. New dates have appeared and old ones have disappeared. Here is a summary of the public holidays according to the months.

In Thailand when a public holiday is a Saturday or a Sunday, it's postponed until the
following Monday.


New Year


Makha Bucha

Chakri Day

Songkran – Thai New Year


May 1st: Labor Day (public holiday but not for everyone).

Visakha Bucha


June 3: Birthday of Queen Suthida

July July 28 : Birthday of King Rama X

August 12: Birthday of Queen Mother Sirikit.

12: Mother’s Day

October October 13: Souvenir Day in honor of King Rama IX
December December 5: Birthday of King  Rama X

We must not forget the other celebrations. These are not public holidays but they are important events for Thai people:


children’s day – the second Saturday of January

Teacher’s day


Chinese New Year

February 14: Valentine’s Day

Makha Bucha


July 1: annual closing of banks.

Khao Phansa: enthronement of young monks


October 23, Chulalongkorn Day: Remembrance Day of King Rama V

November Loy Krathong

December 25: Christmas

Thai calendar

In Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma, the year 2019 has passed for 543 years.
There is therefore a huge gap between the Gregorian calendar – the one applied in Europe – and the Buddhist calendar. To understand this calendar see this article below (in French for now)

En l’an 2562 en Thaïlande – histoire de calendrier

This post is also available in: frFrançais

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