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2009 Thailand Holidays

Here are the Thailand national holidays for 2009 all in one place.

Knowing the Thai holiday schedule might not seem important to you at first. Then you come to the realization that 65 million Thais on holiday mean that beach locations and attractions are going to be even more crowded for your vacation so you should probably plan accordingly if you don’t like large crowds.

In particular the beach locations teem with many extra local visitors during national holidays that coincide with a weekend.

January 1, 2009 – Thursday
New Year’s Day
As the western new year is celebrated across the world, so too is it in Thailand. Actually there are three new year celebrations: Western, Chinese, and Thai new years!
Status? National holiday

January 26, 2009 – Monday
Chinese New Year
The Chinese lunar new year is celebrated in the China town districts and Buddhist temples of every large city throughout Thailand.
Status? Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.

February 9, 2009 – Monday
Makha Bucha
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first dhamma talk to his disciples in India.
Status? National holiday

April 6, 2009 – Monday
Chakri Day
Chakri Day celebrates the RAMA royal dynasty.
Status? National holiday

April 13, 2009 – Monday
Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)
Songkran is the Thai new year, which is generally celebrated with throwing water at each other for three days in most places. In Chiang Mai the water throwing may go on as long as a week. Be prepared to get wet, there is no escaping it.
Status? National holiday

April 14, 2009 – Tuesday
Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)
Day 2 of this three day festival.
Status? National holiday

April 15, 2009 – Wednesday
Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)
Day 3 and final day of this festival (usually). At certain locations throughout Thailand the locals continue to throw water for four to seven days.
Status? National holiday

May 1, 2009 – Friday
Labor Day
International labor day is celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it
Status? National holiday

May 5, 2009 – Tuesday
Coronation Day
Celebrates the day of His Majesty the King Rama IX (Thailand’s reigning King) coronation (anniversary of day he was crowned King).
Status? National holiday

May 8, 2009 – Friday
Visakha Bucha
The holiest of all Thai (Theravada) Buddhist holidays. This is the rememberance of Buddha’s birth, awakening, and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.
Status? National holiday

July 7, 2009 – Tuesday
Buddhist Lent
Buddhist Lent – a period of months during the rainy season when Buddhist monks retreat to their temples for serious study.
Status? National holiday

August 12, 2009 – Wednesday
Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Thais celebrate “Mothers’ Day” on this day for all mothers.
Status? National holiday

October 23, 2009 – Friday
Chulalongkorn Day
Celebrates the accomplished life of one of Thailand’s most deeply revered kings on the anniversary of his death.
Status? National holiday

November 2, 2009 – Monday
Loy Kratong
Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on the waterways around the kingdom.
Status? Not a national holiday but everyone celebrates Loy Krathong. The festival is held at night time. Usually schools will forego classes in favor of letting students build krathongs to take home.

December 5, 2009 – Saturday
His Majesty the King’s King’s Birthday
His Majesty the King’s birthday is celebrated throughout the country and Thais also celebrate “Fathers’ Day” at this time for all fathers.
Status? National holiday

December 7, 2009 – Monday
His Majesty the King’s Birthday is celebrated today
Status? Most businesses will be closed.

December 10, 2009 – Thursday
Constitution Day
A celebration of the date of Thailand’s first constitution in 1932.
Status? National holiday

December 31, 2009 – Thursday
New Years Eve
The day before the western new years day is always a Thailand national holiday.
Status? National holiday

This article is copyrighted ©2009 by Vern Lovic, ThaiPulse.com. The publishing rights were sold to About.com as well.