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Public Holidays & Festivals for Thailand 2013

One of the most interesting holidays they have in Thailand is the Ploughing ceromony, while it's not exactly a Public Holiday the Public does come out in droves to see it live as well as whatching on TV. While I've never been I've watched it every year. What happens is they get these rice seeds and have the monks bless it, then the royal family all dress up go around planting the seeds. Afterwards the Public turns around and digs through the mud to collect the seeds. Don't feel like doing that then don't worry in true Thai style there's always someone out the front selling the seeds they just got themselves.

Public Holidays & Festivals for Thailand 2013

Here is the list of Thailand 2013 holidays and festivals.

New Year’s Day Thailand
The 1st day of the 1st month according to Western calendar – New Year’s Day
Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Chinese New Year Thailand
The 1st day of the 1st lunar month according to Chinese lunar calendar – Chinese New Year
Not a national holiday, but some businesses are closed.
Sunday, 10 February 2013

Makha Bucha Thailand
Commemorates Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha.
Monday, 11 March 2013

Chakri Memorial Day Thailand
Commemorates the establishment of Chakri Dinasty – Chakri
Saturday, 6 April 2013
*Monday, 8 April 2013 (substitute)

Songkran Festival Thailand
Sonkran festival, also known as Water festival, is the traditional Thai New Year. The prime holiday in Thailand.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 (*Sonkran observed)
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 (*Sonkran observed)

Thailand Labor Day Thailand
International labor day to celebrates the achievement of the workers.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Coronation Day Thailand
Commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
*Monday, 6 May 2013 (substitute)

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Thailand
Ceremony to give blessings to the farmers.
Saturday, 11 May 2013 (the date may change)

Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day Thailand
Celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and entry to the nirvana of Buddha – Vesak Day
Friday, 24 May 2013

Asanha Bucha / Asalha Puja Day Thailand
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

HM The Queen’s Birthday Thailand
Celebrates the birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1932.
Monday, 12 August 2013

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day Thailand
Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Loy Kratong Thailand
The day to respect the goddess of the water by floating candlelit offerings on all waterways around the kingdom – Loy Krathong
Not a national holiday.
Monday, 18 November 2013

HM The King’s Birthday Thailand
Thailand King’s Birthday commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927.
Thursday, 5 December 2013

Thai Constitution Day Thailand
Celebrates the proclamation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New Year’s Eve Thailand
The day before New Year.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy Thailand Holidays 2013! Enjoy Your Holiday in Thailand!

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