Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand in 2025

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand in 2025
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Royal Ploughing Ceremony
  Dates of Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand
2025 Thailand Fri, May 9 Government Holiday
2024 Thailand Fri, May 10 Government Holiday
2023 Thailand Wed, May 17 Government Holiday
2022 Thailand Fri, May 13 Government Holiday
2021 Thailand Mon, May 10 Government Holiday

This holiday marks the start of the rice growing season and its date is based on astrological events

When is Royal Ploughing Ceremony?

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is a government holiday in Thailand. The date for the holiday is determined by astrological observations and announced by the Bureau of the Royal Household.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day is officially known as 'Wan Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuet Monkhon Lae Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan', though the festival is also known simply as 'Farmer’s Day' (Wan Phuet Mongkhon).

History of Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient royal tradition observed in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season.

The tradition has Hindu and Buddhist origins and is intended to honour farmers and bless the plants and ceremonial start to the new growing season.

In the ceremony, Oxen are covered in red and gold and circle the ceremonial ground nine times, as a nine is a lucky and auspicious number in Thailand.

There are 16 million rice workers in Thailand and Thailand is the second-largest exporter of rice in the world, underlining the importance of a good rice growing season to the country's economy.

How is Royal Ploughing Ceremony observed?

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is held at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. It is often attended by royalty and the ceremony is broadcast on national television.

As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for civil servants and state enterprise workers, and government offices will be closed. Banks and companies carry on as normal and the sale of alcohol is permitted. Post offices will close on a half-day.

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