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H.M. King's Coronation

Thailand Public holiday observed in Thailand

The Thai government has announced May 6th 2019, the final day of the King's three-day coronation, as a special national holiday.

When is H.M. King's Coronation?

Dates of H.M. King's Coronation
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2019 Monday May 6
Summary

The Thai government has announced May 6th 2019, the final day of the King's three-day coronation, as a special national holiday.

Monday May 6th 2019, the final day of His Majesty the King's three-day coronation will be a special national holiday.

On May 2nd, His Majesty will pay respect to royal ancestors and the capital’s spirits in the Royal Plaza and at the Memorial Bridge.

On May 3rd, HM the King’s name, royal fortune and royal seal will be moved to the throne hall, while His Majesty pays respect to the Emerald Buddha and the royal remains of previous monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty.

The actual coronation will take place on the morning of May 4th. 

 A royal procession and inauguration of the King’s official name and signature will be held on May 5th, including the re-establishment of royal family members’ ranks.

On the final day, the King will receive foreign diplomats and greet his people.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known by the title King Rama X,  ascended to the throne in December 2016 following an invitation by the parliament after the death of his revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016  after 70 years on the throne.

His coronation follows a mourning period for Bhumibol, whose grand funeral was held a year after his death.

The official coronation will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals. 

Activities related to the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn started on April 6th with people nationwide collecting water for monks to bless. The blessed water was sent to Suthat Thepwararam Rachaworamaha Viharn Temple in Bangkok for a grand blessing ceremony on April 19th.

All government offices and main bank branches will be closed, as will bank branches in shopping malls. All Royal Thai Police, Tourist Police stations, hospitals and shopping centres will remain open and some local consulates will remain open to serve their respective citizens. There will be no ban on alcohol sales as this holiday is not a major Buddhist holiday.

The Royal Barge Procession will be scheduled before November.


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