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Thai Holidays 2017 Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

There are many holidays throughout the year in Thailand, many of them Buddhist in nature. The country also celebrates its own traditional New Year in addition to January 1st. Thai people celebrate the birthday of their beloved late King Bhumibol and his wife Queen Sirikit as their respective Father’s and Mother’s Days. Get ready for the…

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The King’s Birthday in Thailand Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Today marks a somber occasion in Thailand, as people continue to grieve over the loss of their beloved King on what would have been his 89th birthday. The official period of mourning will last an entire year – a sign of just how loved King Bhumibol was by his people. Let’s learn a bit about how…

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Asahna Bucha Day Posted by on Jul 19, 2016

Buddhism is a crucial part of Thai culture, as nearly 95% of the population are Buddhists. As a result, many of the country’s most important holidays are Buddhist. Today is one of those days – Asahna Bucha Day (วันอาสาฬหบูชา wan aa-săan-hà-boo-chaa). It’s a public holiday, so people all over the country enjoy a day off to…

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The Royal Ploughing Ceremony Posted by on May 9, 2016

Today is a national holiday in Thailand – the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. The official name for the ceremony is quite long: พระราชพิธีจรดพระนังคัลแรกนาขวัญ prá râat-chá-pí-tee jà-ròt-prá-nang-kan râek naa kwăn It literally means “the royal ploughing ceremony marking the auspicious beginning of the rice growing season.” Since that’s such a mouth-full, most people just refer to it…

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