New Year's Eve Holiday in Thailand in 2019

New Year's Eve Holiday in Thailand in 2019
  How long until New Year's Eve Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 45 days.
  Dates of New Year's Eve Holiday in Thailand
2021 Thailand Fri, Dec 31 National Holiday
2020 Thailand Thu, Dec 31 National Holiday
2019 Dec 30, Dec 31
ThailandTue, Dec 31National Holiday
ThailandMon, Dec 30National Holiday (additional day)
2018 Jan 2, Dec 31
ThailandMon, Dec 31National Holiday
ThailandTue, Jan 2National Holiday
2017 Thailand Sun, Dec 31 National Holiday
  Summary
The last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is usually celebrated with parties as midnight approaches
  Local name
Wan Sin Pi
  New Year's Eve Holiday in other countries
New Year's Eve Holiday internationally
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New Year's Eve in Thailand in 2019

An additional public holiday has been declared for Monday December 30th 2019 in Thailand, creating a five-day break from Saturday December 28th to Wednesday January 1st.

In announcing the Cabinet holiday resolution, Government speaker Naruemon Phinyosinnawat at Government House noted that the purpose of the public holiday is to help drive the economy and supporting businesses related to tourism during the New Year holidays.

Clarifying the holiday, Bussaya Chaipeum, Chief of the Phuket Public Relations Office, explained, "state enterprises, financial institutions and private businesses can decide for themselves whether to give their staff the day off as long as they comply with labour law, but government officials must take the day off on December 30th."

When is New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve is 31st December, the last day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar.

Countries who still use the Julian Calendar observe New Year's Eve on 13th January.

New Year's Eve is traditionally celebrated with firework displays across the globe at 00:00 in the local time zones.

History of New Year's Eve

New Year's Day was fixed at 1st January in 153 BC, when the two Roman consuls, after whom - in the Roman calendar - years were named and numbered, chose that date, mainly for military reasons.

During the Middle Ages, a number of different Christian feast dates were used to mark the New Year, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December in the Roman fashion.

Most countries in Western Europe had officially adopted 1st January as New Year's Day even before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. This was called Circumcision Style, because it was the date of the 'Feast of the Circumcision', which occurred on the eighth day after Christmas Day, and is said to have been the day when Christ was circumcised.

Traditions of New Year's Eve

"Auld Lang Syne", written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year's Eve. The words auld lang syne mean "times gone by".

About 1 million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight on 31 December and mark the arrival of the new year. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop tradition began in 1907 following a ban on the firework display that had taken place since 1904. The first ball weighed 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball is 12 feet in diamtere, weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered 2,688 Waterford crystals, lit by 32,000 LED lights.

New Year's Eve is traditionally the time to make New Year's resolutions, which one hopes to fulfil or abide by in the coming Year; such as stop smoking or drinking alcohol, or lose weight or get physically fit.

New Year's Eve is celebrated in Scotland more than the rest of the UK. This is because Christmas was effectively banned in Scotland from 1560 until 1712 due to the Scottish Reformation and only became a public holiday in 1958. Instead of Christmas, the Scots threw their end of year festivities into New Year. Rather than have a holiday on New Year's Eve, the canny Scots give themselves an extra public holiday on the Day after New Year to help recover.

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