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Thailand Calendar

Postby Lev » Mon May 11, 2015 11:25 am

Calendar - ปฏิทิน

This thread will be used as notification of public holidays, bank holidays, religious/royal/political holidays and important dates in the Thai calendar as there are so many of them. It will help to plan trips and activities which may otherwise have been thwarted by unexpected closures/clampdowns/traffic congestion etc.

Anyone can update it but please keep it on topic.

May 2015
Labour Day - 1st
Day in lieu - 4th
Coronation Day - 5th

This week is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony on the 13th of May.

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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:05 am

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It repaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on Lunar cycle.It is also known as Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day. 2015 - Thursday - July 30th

History of the holiday

This day, the first full moon of the eighth lunar month, commemorates the Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.

In the sermon, which is known as 'Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion', the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

The day marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist lent period also known as the 'Rains Retreat'.
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To mark the day, ceremonies are held in Buddhist temples across Thailand. Many Thai people return to their ancestral homes to donate offerings to temples and listen to sermons. In the evening they will often perform a ceremony called 'wian tian', where they walk clockwise around the main shrine of the temple carrying a candle, incense sticks and lotus flowers.

During the day, monks chant mantras and preach the first sermon of the Buddha.

During the lent period, elaborate wax candles are kept burning. In the city of Ubon, there is a Candle Festival is held. Following a parade of candles, the winners of best candle design are announced.

In Saraburi, local monks parade through the town with their alms bowls. Instead of the usual offerings of food, people will instead put flowers into their bowls. The monks then return to the temples and offer the flowers in honour of the Buddha.

Asanha Bucha Day is traditionally a popular day for young Thai men to enter the monkhood.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:05 am

I also see on some listings July 1 as the mid-year bank holiday. Don't know what this entails, and what will and will not be open. Pete
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby Geko » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:36 am

Up coming holidays for 2015

July 1 – Bank Holiday (only banks closed)

July 30 – Asarnha Bucha (Start of Buddhist Lent, one of the most important Buddhist holidays; alcohol ban)

July 31 – Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent Day, one of the most important Buddhist holidays; alcohol ban)

August 12 – Queen’s Birthday / Mother’s Day

October 23 – Chulalongkorn Day, marks the anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn

October 28 – Wan Ork Phansa (End of Buddhist Lent and an important Buddhist holiday; alcohol ban)

November 25 – Loy Krathong festival

December 5 – King’s Birthday / Father’s Day. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, born in 1927 and also known as Rama IX, is is the world’s longest reigning monarch and had been 60 years on the throne in 2006.

December 7 – Substitution holiday for the King’s birthday, which falls on a Saturday

December 10 – Constitution Day

December 31 – New Year’s Eve, national holiday

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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby daddy » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:53 am

Thank you for show us!

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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:10 pm

Asalha Bucha this coming Thursday, July 30, and Buddhist Lent Day Friday July 31. Assume watering holes closed both days, everywhere.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby migrant » Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:05 pm

prcscct wrote:Asalha Bucha this coming Thursday, July 30, and Buddhist Lent Day Friday July 31. Assume watering holes closed both days, everywhere.


Are banks closed?
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:00 am

They are national holidays so I would say yes.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby Nereus » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:32 am

migrant wrote:
prcscct wrote:Asalha Bucha this coming Thursday, July 30, and Buddhist Lent Day Friday July 31. Assume watering holes closed both days, everywhere.


Are banks closed?

My Thai diary lists only Thursday 30th as a Bank Holiday + Government Holiday, and Friday as only a Goverment Holiday.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:16 am

You're right Nereus. Very confusing here as some official national holidays are bank holidays, and some are not. Below is a Bangkok Bank listing for 2015 bank holidays. I'll try to remember to post the same when the 2016 schedule is published. Pete

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/ ... idays.aspx
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby buksida » Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am

Monday Feb 22 - Macha Bucha Day, public holiday.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:47 am

This Sunday May 1 is Labour Day, observed on Monday. Thursday is Coronation Day with an extra holiday on Friday as well. Four day weekend and Hua Hin I imagine will be busy with Thai visitors. Yet another holiday on Friday May 20, Visakha Bucha Day, which I think will be a "dry" day. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby Big Boy » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:36 am

Thanks Pete, that probably explains the dramatic increase in traffic around town yesterday.
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:46 am

I know this is already in Events & Activities and it's over already, but I put it here for the record and reference. Pete :cheers:

"The cabinet recently declared July 18, 2016 a public holiday, giving Thais a five-day holiday period. Asarnha Bucha Day falls on July 19 and Buddhist Lent Day on July 20."....

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tou ... st-tourism
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Re: Thailand Calendar

Postby prcscct » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:50 am

Coming up:......

Friday August 12 is a national holiday for the Queens Birthday/Mother's Day.
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