The list below shows the public holidays as well as some of the more important nationwide celebrations that aren't national holidays.
Note that the National Holidays are also observed by Thai consulates and embassies abroad, something to be aware of when applying for a visa. As these offices also close for the national holidays of the country in which they are situated, pays to check (see example next post)
As many of the most important holidays on the Thai calendar are based on the lunar calendar, they occur on different days from year to year. I'll amend this thread as required, am not 100% sure on some of the days as websites vary.
Some of these days are also days when alcohol sales are prohibited, bars closed. These include: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarna Bucha, Wan Khao Phansa & Buddhist Lent day.
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New Year’s Day
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year.
New Year 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
National Children's Day
Saturday 11 January 2014
Held second Saturday of January each year.
Chinese New Year
The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday except (from 2012) in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Satun.
Chinese New Year 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon in to his disciples.
Friday, 14 February 2014
Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty by its first king, Rama I.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Monday, 7 April 2014 (Substitute day holiday for Chakri Day)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, generally celebrated as a water festival. Be prepared to get wet all over as revelers abound, ready to soak you as a form of celebrating this season!
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Thailand Labor Day
International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Celebrates the day when the current king Rama IX was crowned in 1949.
Monday, 5 May 2014
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
An ancient royal rite held in Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season
Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Mid Year Closing Day (Banks and Financial Institutions)
Tuesday 1 July 2014
Asalha Puja (Asarnha Bucha) Day
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.
Full moon of the eighth lunar month
Friday, 11 July 2014
Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)
This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
H.M. The Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country’s Mothers’ Day as well.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
Celebration of the death anniversary of Thailand’s one of the most revered kings, Rama V.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa)
This day marks the end of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period or the Rains Retreat.
TBC October 2014
Presentation of Monk’s Robes after Rains Retreat.
TBC for 2014
While it is not marked a national holiday, it is an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom. Held on evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar
Loy Krathong 2014
Friday, 7 November 2014
H.M. The King’s Birthday
His Majesty the King’s birthday is celebrated throughout the country and also
Friday, 5 December 2014
Thai Constitution Day
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
New Years’ Eve
The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Appreciate any corrections/amendments.