Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

The Day of the Shining Star (광명성절 — Kwangmyŏngsŏng-jŏl) is a public holiday in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) falling on February 16, the birth anniversary of the country’s second leader, Kim Jong-il. Along with the Day of the Sun, the birthday of his father Kim Il-sung, it is the most important public holiday in North Korea. Kim Jong-il was actually born in … Continue reading Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

Thailand #2109 (2004)

Sunthorn Phu Day / วันสุนทรภู่

June 26 is a national observance in Thailand commemorating the birth of the man often called “the Shakespeare of Siam”, Sunthorn Phu. The kingdom’s best-known royal poet, he began his career during the reign of King Rama II. When that king died, Sunthorn Phu resigned from the role and became a monk. Twenty years later, in the reign of King Rama III, he returned to court as … Continue reading Sunthorn Phu Day / วันสุนทรภู่

Thailand #TH-1059e (2015)

Thai National Children’s Day / วันเด็กแห่งชาติ

Thailand reserves the second Saturday in January each year to honor the Kingdom’s children and  gives them the opportunity to have fun and to create awareness about their significant role towards the development of the country, Established in October 1955, National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) was observed on the first Monday of October until 1964. The celebration was changed to January beginning in … Continue reading Thai National Children’s Day / วันเด็กแห่งชาติ