The Passing of King Bhumibol in Thailand in 2020

The Passing of King Bhumibol in Thailand in 2020
King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  How long until The Passing of King Bhumibol?
This holiday next takes place in 326 days.
  Dates of The Passing of King Bhumibol in Thailand
2021 Thailand Wed, Oct 13 National Holiday
2020 Thailand Tue, Oct 13 National Holiday
2019 Thailand Mon, Oct 14 National Holiday (in lieu)
2018 Thailand Mon, Oct 15 National Holiday (in lieu)
2017 Thailand Fri, Oct 13 National Holiday
  Summary
In remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX who died on October 13th 2016.

When is the Passing of King Bhumibol?

This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on October 13th.

If October 13th falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

This holiday has been observed since 2017 to commemorate the death of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej on this day in 2016.

History of King Bhumibol

Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since June 9th 1946 until his death on October 13th 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.

How is the Passing of King Bhumibol observed?

A moment's silence will be held across the nation at 3.52pm to mark the exact time the monarch died at age 88, following years of poor health

The government invites everyone to wear yellow as a mark of respect. To mark the day, it is common for people to take part in community services such as road or beach cleaning, picking up garbage, distributing food, and other good deeds.

All banks and government offices are closed for the day. However, some bank branches in shopping malls may be open to cater to foreign exchange, and most exchange booths in tourist locations will be open.

Bars and entertainment venues are closed and the selling of alcohol is prohibited in observance.

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