The King’s Birthday
The people of Thailand celebrate several festivals and holidays that mark important days in both their culture and tradition, and the King’s Birthday Festival happens to be one of the most celebrated events in the country. It takes place on the 5th of December every year and is marked as a public holiday in Thailand. The festival is all about honoring and showing respect to his majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also referred to as King Rama IX, who has reigned in the1940s. This legendary king is known as the youngest leading head of state and the longest serving monarch in the whole world.
How celebrations are done during this period:
5th December is also considered as Father’s Day in Thailand since the people consider the king as the symbolic father of the nation. During this day, homes and buildings in Thailand are expected to be decorated with portraits of his majesty and the national flag of Thailand, plus bunting made out of yellow-colored materials. There is a ceremony in the morning that involves alms-giving, which is later followed by cultural and musical performances at Sanam Luang. Ratchadamnoen Avenue is usually closed from vehicle use so as to give room for people to freely walk around showing appreciation, love, and admiration for their symbolic father. Visitors are also allowed to participate and follow the traditions of the Thai people. In the evening of the same day, the roads along Sanam Luang remain closed for traffic and a ceremony of candle lighting takes place, followed by a joyous celebration with a colorful atmosphere full of captivating displays of fireworks. Thousands of people attend with an objective of showing love and respect to his majesty, the king.
What to consider when attending the event:
If you are attending the festival as well as Thailand for the first time, it is good to consider some factors that will make your stay there comfortable. Finding a guide who is familiar with the area is one of the key things you should consider. This ensures that you don’t end up missing out the best of the festival and that you are always safe while in the country. It is also advisable to book a hotel in advance so as you get value for your money and be able to stay in a quality hotel despite the thick volume of visitors during the festival’s period.