H.M. King's Birthday (in lieu) in Thailand in 2019

H.M. King's Birthday (in lieu) in Thailand in 2019
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X of Thailand. Image via Wikimedia Commons
  How long until H.M. King's Birthday (in lieu)?
This holiday next takes place in 10 days.
  Dates of H.M. King's Birthday (in lieu) in Thailand
2021Thailand Wed, Jul 28National Holiday (in lieu)
2020Thailand Tue, Jul 28National Holiday
2019Thailand Mon, Jul 29National Holiday (in lieu)
2018Thailand Wed, Dec 5National Holiday
2017Thailand Tue, Dec 5National Holiday
  Summary
The day commemorates the birthday of the King of Thailand, Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X.
  Local name
Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phra Bat Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua

When is King Maha Vajiralongkorn's Birthday?

This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on 28th July.

If 28th July falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The day commemorates the birthday of the King of Thailand, Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X.

History of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

Known as Rama X, King Vajiralongkorn has reigned Thailand since 13 October 2016, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol. His father had ruled Thailand for over 70 years and as a mark of respect and to allow the country to mourn the passing of their beloved king, Vajiralongkorn did not accept the throne until 1 December 2016.

Vajiralongkorn was born on 28 July 1952. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

Vajiralongkorn was 64 when he became king, making him the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne.

Previously this holiday was celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5 December. From 2017, the King's Birthday has shifted to 28th July, but 5th December remains a public holiday in Thailand to mark the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

On H.M. King's Birthday, most government offices, banks and businesses will be closed. Many shops will remain open and there is no ban on the sale of alcohol.

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