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2019 Thailand Holidays

Here are the Thailand national holidays for 2019 all in one place.

Knowing the Thai holiday schedule might not seem important to you at first. Then you come to the realization that 66 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, 2019 – Tuesday
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

February 5-7, 2019 Starts on Tuesday
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 19, 2019 – Tuesday
Makha Bucha
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first dhamma talk to his disciples in India.
Status? National holiday

April 6, 2019 – Saturday and observed 8 April (Monday)
Chakri Day
Chakri Day celebrates the RAMA royal dynasty.
Status? National holiday

April 12-15, 2019. Starts on Friday
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

May 1, 2019 – Wednesday
Labor Day
International labor day is celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it
Status? National holiday

May 9, 2019 – Thursday
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
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 18, 2019 – Saturday
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

June 3, 2019 – Monday
Queen Suthida’s Birthday

July 16, 2019 – Tuesday
Asalha Bucha

July 17, 2019 – Wednesday
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

July 28, 2019 – Sunday. Observed on July 29, 2019 (Monday)
King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday

August 12, 2019 – Monday
Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Thais celebrate “Mothers’ Day” on this day for all mothers.
Status? National holiday

October 13, 2019 – Sunday. Observed on October 14 (Monday)
Anniversary of King Bhumibol’s Death

October 23, 2019 – Wednesday
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 13, 2019 – Wednesday
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, 2019 – Thursday
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 10, 2019 – Tuesday
Constitution Day
A celebration of the date of Thailand’s first constitution in 1932.
Status? National holiday

December 31, 2019 – Tuesday
New Years Eve
The day before the western new years day is always a Thailand national holiday.
Status? National holiday

This article is copyrighted © by Vern Lovic, ThaiPulse.com.

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