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Holidays and Festivals Calendar

Thai holidays and festivals are observed on fixed dates and on the lunar calendar. While it is 2016 in the Gregorian Calendar, the year in Thailand is 2559 since the Buddhist Calendar started 544 years earlier.

With several of these holidays being Buddhist religious days, strict adherence to customs must be followed. Do yourself the favour of participating in activies that occur on these days as festivals such as Songkran, Loy Kratong and the Phuket Vegetarian Festival are certain to not only be fun, beautiful and interesting, but will make anyone's stay in Phuket much more interesting and memorable. For more on celebrations, see Festivals and Fairs in Phuket.


January 1 New Year's Day
February 8 Chinese New Year
February 22 Maka Bucha
April 6 Chakri Memorial Day
April 13 - 15 Songkran
May 1 Labour Day
May 1 Labour Day Observed
May 5 Coronation Day
May 9 Royal Ploughing Day
May 20 Wisakha Bucha Day
July 19 Asarnha Bucha Day
August 12 H. M. The Queen's Birthday
October 1 - 9 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Birthday
October 24 Chulalongkorn Memorial Birthday Observed
November 14 Loy Krathong
December 5 H. M. The King's Birthday
December 10 Coronation Day
December 31 New Year's Eve