24 Feb Chakri Day
Paying respect to the nine kings of the Chakri Dynasty.
How will it affect you?
Chakri Day is a national holiday either celebrated on the 6th of April or the following Monday if it falls on a weekend. Government offices, schools and banks will be closed, but for all tourist businesses things will be running as usual. Alcohol sales are not prohibited.
What is Chakri Day?
If you have spent even a single day in Thailand you will probably soon realise how well revered the King of Thailand is. There are images and tributes to him in every house, every business building and just about anywhere you care to look. If you go to the cinema, make sure you stand up for the National anthem! This respect for the King of Thailand goes back a long way. The current king of Thailand is the ninth in the Chakri Dynasty and today is a day to remember them all.
The Chakri Dynasty
The Chakri Dynasty was founded by King Rama I in 1782 and the capital of Siam shifted to Krung Thep (modern day Bangkok). King Rama I was a military leader and before the founding of the dynasty he held the position of civil chancellor, referred to at the time as the ‘Chakri’. After founding the Dynasty he took this name with him.
The Chakri emblem is formed of two intertwined weapons, the Chakra (discus) and the Trisula (trident). The word Chakri derives from Sanskrit and means the ‘Wielder of the discus’. The Trident at the centre of the Chakri Dynasty emblem was the weapon of choice for the God Narayana, of which the Thai sovereign is meant to be an incarnation.