Makha Bucha in Thailand in 2025

Makha Bucha in Thailand in 2025
  How long until Makha Bucha?
Makha Bucha
  Dates of Makha Bucha in Thailand
2025 Apr 6, Apr 7
ThailandMon, Apr 7National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandSun, Apr 6National Holiday
2024 Apr 6, Apr 8
ThailandMon, Apr 8National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandSat, Apr 6National Holiday
2023 Thailand Thu, Apr 6 National Holiday
2022 Thailand Wed, Apr 6 National Holiday
2021 Thailand Tue, Apr 6 National Holiday

Shortly after Buddha began his teachings, 1250 monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.

  Which regions observe Chakri Day in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  ThailandApr 7 (in lieu)

Makha Bucha in Thailand

Despite the great age of the events of Maka Bucha, (Buddha was teaching over 2,500 years ago) this day only became a holiday in Thailand in 1957. Prior to 1957, the third lunar month was celebrated as a Buddhist Holy Day.

In Thailand, the sale of alcohol is banned on religious holidays. This means bars and clubs are closed for the entire holiday. If Maka Bucha falls on a weekend, a substitute holiday will be observed on the following Monday. Similar restrictions on the sale of alcohol will also apply on this day.

When is Chakri Memorial Day?

Chakri Memorial Day is a national holiday in Thailand, observed on April 6th.

If April 6th falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be taken as a substitute holiday.

History of Chakri Memorial Day

Officially known as 'King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day', Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke ( Rama I) in 1782.

One of King Rama's first acts was to make Krung Thep (modern-day Bangkok) the capital of Siam.

Chakri day commemorates the coronation of Rama I but it is also a day for the people of Thailand to recognise the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty.

The current and tenth King (Rama X) of the dynasty is King Vajiralongkorn, who succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in October 2016.

How is Chakri Memorial Day celebrated?

The King, accompanied by other members of the royal household, presides over the religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel.

He will pay respects to his predecessors at the Royal Pantheon, which contains life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri dynasty, and will lay a wreath at the statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge.

As this holiday always falls a few days before the three day Songkran festival, it is also an opportunity for many people to travel in preparation for the Songkran festivities

Government offices, schools, and banks close, but most other businesses open as usual on this day.

All Royal Thai Police, Tourist Police stations, hospitals and shopping centres will remain open and alcohol sales are permitted by law on this day.

Makha Bucha Traditions in Thailand

Makha Bucha has been celebrated in modern-day Thailand since the reign (1851 - 1868) of King Rama IV. It was initially observed only on the grounds of the royal palace and later became more widely recognised nationally before becoming a Thai public holiday in 1957. The Thai government has imposed an alcohol ban since 2015.

Alcohol and drugs are just a few things Buddhists avoid on Makha Bucha Day. The restricted behaviours include gambling, lying and gossiping, harming other living things and eating meat, sexual promiscuity, and stealing. Even Buddhists who are less devout might avoid eating meat and drinking alcohol on this day.

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