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King Bhumibol's Birthday

Thailand Observed in Thailand

December 5 commemorates the death of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej
The late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej with the Royal Crest of Rama IX

When is King Bhumibol's Birthday?

How long until King Bhumibol's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 110 Days.
Dates of King Bhumibol's Birthday
Year Weekday Date
2019 Thursday December 5th
2018 Wednesday December 5th
2017 Tuesday December 5th

This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on 5 December.

If 5 December falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The day commemorates the birthday of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also Thailand's National Day and is the day when Father's Day is celebrated in Thailand.

History of King Bhumibol's Birthday

Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand's history.

Despite being a constitutional monarch, and not legally being allowed a role in politics, Bhumibol made several decisive interventions in the Thai political sphere and has been credited with helping facilitate Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s.

The holiday itself is a colourful affair. Buildings across Thailand will display flags, bunting and portraits of the late King, while around the Grand Palace area of Bangkok, the streets are decorated with thousands of marigolds.

Marigolds are chosen for their colour, as yellow is the predominant colour of the celebrations; as the King was born on a Monday and in Thailand, yellow is the colour for Monday.

In the evening, the streets around Ratchadamnoen and Sanam Luang are closed to traffic and many people come to watch celebratory fireworks displays.

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