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Visakha Bucha Day

Widely known as Vesak or Wesak, Visakha Bucha Day is the Buddhist New Year. Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon of the 6th Lunar Month which in 2011 is the 17th May. Vesak commemorates the three most important events in the life of the Lord Buddha, namely his Birth, Enlightenment and Passing which
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Chakri Day

The 6th April in Thailand is Chakri Day and is a Public Holiday. Chakri Day celebrates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, The Royal House of Chakri, in 1782 by His Majesty King Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke. known as Rama 1. The Chakri Dynasty which started with Rama 1, has provided 9 Kings of Thailand
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Aug 12th is a National Holiday as the Thai people celebrate H.M.The Queen’s Birthday. Aug 12th is quite appropriately also Mother’s Day in Thailand as Queen Sirikit is affectionately considered to be the Mother of the Thai Nation. All over Thailand, many streets will be festooned with flowers and flags and photographs of H.M. Queen
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Asaha Bucha Day

The Buddhist Festival of Asaha Bucha is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar. Asaha Bucha day celebrates the occasion of the first sermon given by the Lord Buddha. This Buddhist Festival also commemorates the birth of the Sangha. The Sangha refers to a group of people who have achieved enlightenment, either
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Makha Bucha

Makha Bucha is one of the 3 major Buddhist Holidays in Thailand. Buddhist holidays are calculated on the Lunar Calendar and this year, 2011, Makha Bucha falls on Friday 18th February. Makha Bucha is also a national holiday in Thailand. The name ‘Makha Bucha’ is Pali, Makha meaning the 3rd Lunar month, and Bucha which
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The Chinese New Year Festival 2010 which this year fell on Valentines Day, the traditional day for lovers, ushered in the Year of the Tiger. The Year of the Tiger promises to be a difficult year for many but in Thailand at least, all worries were put aside as the Chinese and Thai people painted
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Saturday 5th December 2009 is the 82nd Birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning constitutional monarch of Thailand. It is also Father’s Day in Thailand and a National Holiday. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on the 5th December 1927 and became King of Thailand on the 9th June 1946, becoming the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty. The Coronation ceremony was held on the 5th May 1950. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest serving monarch on the throne of Thailand.


Loy Krathong is a nationwide Thai Festival. Loy Krathong begins on the full moon night of the 12th Lunar month which usually occurs in November. Loy means “to float” and a Krathong is a banana leaf cup. The first Loy Krathong festival was held in Sukhothai in the 13th Century but is now celebrated throughout
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