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Thailand Celebrates the Birthday of Their King

King's Birthday is a public holiday in Thailand.

King’s Birthday Date: December 7

King’s Birthday is a public holiday in Thailand.

King’s Birthday—or sometimes called Father’s Day—is celebrated on December 5, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, ruling monarch of Thailand. The King’s birthday, or Wan Chalerm as it is known in Thailand, is a national holiday and is celebrated nationwide with great enthusiasm. The event is used by the loyal people of Thailand to express their reverence for their king.

History of King’s Birthday in Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on December 5, 1927. He was crowned King of Thailand on June 9, 1946, and is now the longest serving monarch in the world. The King holds a special place in the hearts of the Thai people for his devotion to the welfare of his people, offering an understanding of social and political issues that affect Thailand. The King has provided a solid base for the country in times of social turmoil. Despite being a constitutional monarch, the King has made several political interventions to stop political quarrels and has helped Thailand usher a smooth transition to democracy.

Thailand’s King’s Birthday Traditions, Customs and Activities

The King’s Birthday is an important day for Thailand, during which the Thai people express their heartfelt affection for their king. Yellow flags and lights decorate buildings and homes all over Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is decorated with exuberant flower arrangements, especially along Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Religious ceremonies are held countrywide with people praying for the king’s wellbeing. During the evening there are elaborate fireworks displays in the skies of Bangkok while thousands of people fill the streets wearing yellow t-shits to celebrate the king’s birthday. People travel from all cities around Thailand to catch a glimpse of the monarch, even if only to see the king’s car in the middle of his motorcade. The Thai people recognize the king as the most influential figure in modern Thai history and wish to show their support and admiration for him.

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