Public holidays in Thailand and Local Festivals

Thai celebrations and holidays year round

A list of Thai national festivals and public holidays follows.

Of these, the most raucous Thai holiday is the  Songkran festival (Thai New Year), where water and talc is thrown in abundance on each and every passing person, and vast amounts of alcohol are consumed over consecutive days. Be ready to get wet if you intend to be in Thailand at this time of year. Do not try to stay dry: just smile and enjoy!

In the villages around Gecko Villa, you will often witness local ceremonies and traditional rites that do not feature on any calendar, but can be fascinating to attend or in which to participate. You may witness a novice monk's  initiation ceremony, where a young man makes merit and enters the monkhood for a period of time (this generally involves a colourful procession on foot with the novice held aloft and paraded through the village with much dancing); morlam or morlam sing performances - music concerts varying from small affairs on makeshift stages to major performances by larger groups with dancers; merit-making festivals at the local temples; or funerals, weddings etc. A large part is usually played by alcohol in the majority of these occasions, with rice whisky and other indigenous brews flowing freely.

Public holidays in Thailand 2014

January 01 New Year's Day
March 5  Magha Puja
April 06 Chakri Memorial Day
April 07 Chakri Day
April 13-16 inclusive Songkran (Thai New Year)
May 01 Labour Day
May 05 Coronation Day
May 13 Vesak Day
July 11 Asalha Puja
August 12 The Queen's Birthday
October 23 Chulalongkorn Day
December 5 The King's Birthday
December 10 Constitution Day
December 31 New Year's Eve