Apr 25, 2012

Thailand’s Coronation Day 2012

Coronation Day วันฉัตรมงคล(wan chàt mong-kon) commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. King Adulyadej, or Rama IX, was coronated on May 5th, 1950, and currently holds the title as the longest serving head of state in the world.

When & Where?

Coronation Day 2012
Coronation Day is an official Thai holiday, and is the only holiday titled “coronation day” that is held in Southeast Asia. The holiday includes a three-day celebration that will begin on May 3rd. The official Coronation Day ceremonies will be held on May 5th, 2012.

What Is The Significance of Coronation Day?

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Banks, corporations, and the government will close down on May 5th, but for most Thai residents, the holiday will have no effect on business as usual. Restaurants, malls, and commerce stay open during the holiday. Street vendors will sell King-adorned t-shirts, collectibles and wristbands, and traffic around the Grand Palace on May 5th will come to a halt.

Where You Should Celebrate It In 2012

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You won’t see raucous parties, parades, and revellers in the streets, as this is a very formal, government-mandated holiday. There are three ceremonies held over three days, beginning on May 3rd. The Grand Palace is where it all goes down. A Buddhist ceremony kicks off the first day of the holiday at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. A ceremony on day two serves a Brahmanic and Buddhist purpose. The third day is the official Coronation Day. On the third day, the armed forces carry out a 21-gun salute, and Rama IX recognizes individuals who have made valuable contributions to the country with royal decorations.

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