Public National holidays in Thailand

National holidays in Thailand are assigned by the government, and most are observed by public and private sectors both. Usually 16 (National) public holidays in a year, but more may be declared by the cabinet. The actual number of holidays for the individual is determined by the nature of the organization for which they work, i.e., public, private, institutions governed by the Bank of Thailand, or state-owned enterprises ( financial institutions  are excluded ).

On average, workers in the first three groups are entitled to 14 holidays, while state-owned enterprise workers enjoy up to 15 holidays. If a holiday falls on a weekend, one following workday is observed as a compensatory holiday. The Bank of Thailand celebrate bank holidays, which differ slightly from those observed by the government. Other observances are , both official and non-official, local and international, are observed to varying degrees throughout the country.


Date Name Remarks
1 January New Year’s Day Celebrates the start of the solar and Gregorian year. From 1889–1941, this was held on 1 April.
Full moon, 3rd Thai lunar month(February) Magha Puja Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha. Alcohol sales prohibited. 2016 date: 22 February.
6 April Chakri Memorial Day Commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782. Officially known as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day . 2016 date: 6 April.
13–15 April SongkranFestival Traditional Thai new year, and the major holiday of the year. Many people return home for family reunions during this period. The first day is known as  (Wan Maha Songkran), the second as  (Wan Nao), and the third as  (Wan Thaloeng Sok). The 14th is also observed as Family Day. 2016 dates: 13–15 April.
1 May NationalLabour Day Coincides with International Workers’ Day. Observed as a holiday by most of the private sector. 2016 date: 1 May, observed on 2 May.
5 May Coronation Day Commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950. 2016 date: 5 May.
Full moon, 6th Thai lunar month (May) Vesak Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha. Also observed as National Tree Day. Alcohol sales prohibited. 2016 date: 20 May.
Full moon, 8th Thai lunar month (July) Asalha Puja Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha’s first discourse, theDhammacakkappavattana Sutta. Alcohol sales prohibited. 2015 date: 30 July; 2016 date: 19 July.
First waning moon, 8th Thai lunar month (July) Beginning ofVassa Buddhist observance marking the beginning of Vassa, also known as Buddhist Lent. Alcohol sales prohibited. 2015 date: 31 July; 2016 date: 20 July.
12 August Queen’s Birthday Commemorates the birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1932; also observed as National Mother’s Day  Wan Mae Haeng Chat). Alcohol sales prohibition possible.
Full moon day of the eleventh lunar month Wan Ok Phansa Wan Ok Phansa signals the end of the Buddhist Lent period, a time when many Thai Buddhists abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol, and smoking. Alcohol sales prohibited. 2015 date: 27 October; 2016 date: 16 October.
23 October Chulalongkorn Day Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910. 2016 date: 23 October, observed on 24 October.
5 December King’s Birthday Commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927. Also observed as National Dayand National Father’s Day. Alcohol sales prohibited.
10 December Constitution Day Commemorates the promulgation of the first permanent constitution in 1932. 2015 date: 10 December. 2016 date: 10 December, observed on 12 December.
31 December New Year’s Eve Final day of the Gregorian year.

Following is the list of National Holidays in Thailand

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