Thailand Constitution Day in Thailand in 2024

Thailand Constitution Day in Thailand in 2024
The Democracy Monument, Bangkok.
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2025 Thailand Wed, Dec 10 National Holiday
2024 Thailand Tue, Dec 10 National Holiday
2023 Dec 10, Dec 11
ThailandMon, Dec 11National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandSun, Dec 10National Holiday
2022 Dec 10, Dec 12
ThailandMon, Dec 12National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandSat, Dec 10National Holiday
2021 Thailand Fri, Dec 10 National Holiday

Commemorates the announcment of the first permanent constitution in 1932

Thailand Constitution Day in Thailand

As Constitution Day falls on a Sunday in 2017, the following Monday (December 11) has been substituted as a public holiday for Constitution Day, so many people will be off from work for a long weekend while government offices and some businesses and banks will be closed.

When is Constitution Day?

This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on December 10th. If December 10th falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

This holiday commemorates Thailand's adoption of a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

History of Constitution Day

At the start of the 1930s, Thailand (then called Siam) was suffering economically from the effects of the great depression. The king at the time was Rama VII, who was seen by many as lacking the experience necessary to deal with all the issues that were affecting his country.

This led to a group of intellectuals and senior military personnel forming a group called the people's party who presented the king with the option to stay in power but have his power reduced, creating a constitutional monarchy.

Under the new constitution, the king and monarchy remained in place with the king as head of state, head of the military and defender of all religions.

Since 1932, Thailand has had 18 constitutions or charters. Many of the redrafted versions, from which the authority to implement all other laws is based, have been adopted following military coups, including the current administration, which introduced its version on April 6th 2017. The one constant has been that all the changes are a variation of a constitutional monarchy.

This constant of the monarchy during times of great change reflects the respect and admiration that the Thai people have for their monarchy.

How is Constitution Day celebrated?

This pride in the monarchy is a key element of the festivities of Constitution Day. Parades and fireworks are common festivities on this day and images of the Thai kings are displayed across the country. It is a day when the people of Thailand will thank the monarchy for granting them the right to run their country.

All government offices and schools will be closed today. There is no alcohol ban in place on this holiday.

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