Thailand #280 (1950)

The Holiday That Was: Coronation Day / วันฉัตรมงคล

On May 5, 1950, His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej became the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty amidst elaborate coronation ceremonies held in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. The anniversary was celebrated throughout the Kingdom between 1951 and 2016 as Coronation Day (วันฉัตรมงคล — Wan Chat Mongkol), and observed at the Grand Palace by a series of religious rites lasting for three days … Continue reading The Holiday That Was: Coronation Day / วันฉัตรมงคล

Thailand #2227a (2006)

Chakri Day / วันจักรี

April 6 is annually celebrated in Thailand as Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakri). Officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’ (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), it marks the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782. One of King Rama’s first acts was to make Bangkok the capital of Siam (modern day Thailand). The Chakri … Continue reading Chakri Day / วันจักรี

Thailand #1104 (1985)

The Battle of Thalang

March 13 each year is celebrated on Phuket island in southern Thailand as Thalang Victory Day, commemorating the 1785 defeat of the local inhabitants over a superior Burmese invasion force. The island had been attacked shortly after the governor of Muang Thalang — a district of the province then known as Junkceylon — had died. His wife, Than Phuying Chan (ท่านผู้หญิงจัน), and her sister, Khun Mook (คุณมุก), gathered together … Continue reading The Battle of Thalang

Thailand #314 (1955)

King Taksin Memorial Day / วันสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช

December 28 is observed in Thailand as King Taksin Memorial Day (Wan Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Maharat — วันสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช), commemorating the day in 1767 that the only king of the Thonburi Dynasty was crowned at Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi, the new capital of Siam. Taksin the Great (Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Maharat — สมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช), or the King of Thonburi (Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri — สมเด็จพระเจ้ากรุงธนบุรี) was a leader … Continue reading King Taksin Memorial Day / วันสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช

Siam #236 (1939)

Thai Constitution Day / วันรัฐธรรมนูญ

December 10 is a public holiday in Thailand to commemorate Constitution Day (Wan Rattha Thammanun — วันรัฐธรรมนูญ). commemorating the promulgation of a permanent constitution in 1932 that gave the monarchy a significant increase in authority compared to the temporary charter signed following the coup of June 24, 1932. The monarchy would no longer have any say in government and instead would be a constitutional monarchy. However, the sacred and … Continue reading Thai Constitution Day / วันรัฐธรรมนูญ

Thailand #2198 (2005)

Damrong Rajanubhab Day / วันดำรงราชานุภาพ

December 1 is observed in Thailand as Damrong Rajanubhab Day (Wan Damrong Rachanuphap — วันดำรงราชานุภาพ) which commemorates the passing of Tisavarakumarn Damrong Rajanubhab (สมเด็จพระเจ้าบรมวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าดิศวรกุมาร กรมพระยาดำรงราชานุภาพ) in 1943. Prince Damrong was the founder of the modern Thai education system as well as the modern provincial administration. He was also an autodidact (self-taught) historian, and one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. Born on June 21, 1862, as … Continue reading Damrong Rajanubhab Day / วันดำรงราชานุภาพ

Siam #160 (1914)

Vajiravudh Day / วันวชิราวุธ

Vajiravudh Dau (Wan Wachirawut — วันวชิราวุธ) is observed each November 25 in Thailand to commemorate the passing of King Vajiravudh in 1925. Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramentharamaha Vajiravudh Phra Mongkut Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรเมนทรมหาวชิราวุธฯ พระมงกุฎเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว), or Rama VI, was the sixth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1910 until his death. King Vajiravudh is known for his efforts to create and promote Siamese … Continue reading Vajiravudh Day / วันวชิราวุธ

Thailand #495 (1967)

Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย

Thailand doesn’t have a formal Flag Day holiday but if it did, the date would be celebrated on September 28. That is the date in 1917 that the current flag — popularly called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), or “tri-color flag” — was adopted by a royal decree issued by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and enacted into law by the Flag Act of B.E. 2460 (1917). The story goes that during the … Continue reading Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย