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H.M. Queen's Birthday

Thailand Observed in Thailand

Royal Flag of Queen Sirikit
Royal Flag of Queen Sirikit

When is it?

National Holiday in Thailand held annually on 12 August.

History of the holiday

This holiday marks the birthday of the current queen of Thailand, Queen Sirikit.

If 12 August falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

Sirikit was born on 12 August 1932. Sirkit met Rama IX in France in 1946 when he had already become ruler of Thailand. The royal couple were married on 28 April 1950, a week before the King's official coronation.

Across Thailand, buildings are decorated to honour their queen, with the most splendid are in Bangkok, where many buildings and streets are festooned with coloured lights, flowers and portraits of the queen.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Thailand in April 1950 in a similar fashion to the growing international celebration.

In 1976, the custom of Mother’s Day was changed to 12 August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

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