The Kings Birthday/Fathers Day

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The Kings Birthday/Fathers Day

The Kings Birthday/Fathers Day

December is a great month for holidays in Khao Lak & Thailand in general. Obviously being a Tourist hot spot means Christmas and New Year have some great celebrations and parties. However, there are also some big Thai Holidays. Constitution day is an important National Holiday celebrated on the 10th December. More importantly, the month kicks of with a bang for the Kings Birthday!King Bhumibol Adulyadej Kings Birthday Photo: Public Domain

The Kings Birthday is on December 5th. In 2015 it is King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th Birthday. As this falls on a Saturday, a National holiday will also be observed on Monday 7th December. A word of advice for first timers to Thailand; do not underestimate how much the King is respected and revered. He is seen as a great representative and Father to the country. Hence, it is no coincidence that Thai father’s day falls on this auspicious day. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is Thailand’s most important symbol of unity.

Today is a day for respect. Many Thai’s will start the day by visiting their local monastery to give food to the monks. You can join in by making sure to wear yellow; the King’s colour. If you are with your own Father or Grandfather, you can give him a Canna Flower as a sign of your respect and thank. Finally, one thing you are sure to see, lights and candles will mark images of the King all over Thailand.

Helpful hint

When planning your holiday, remember that as another sign of respect, the King’s birthday is a day of no alcohol. This means all supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars are prohibited from selling any alcohol. Many bars close for the day but the restaurants should still stay open. As his birthday falls on a Saturday in 2015, it is possible that this restriction will apply to Saturday 5th 2015 and carry over to the observed National Holiday on Monday 7th 2015.

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Title Photo: Public Domain

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