Thailand removes 5 May Coronation Day from annual public holiday list

The government of Thailand last week removed the 5 May from the list of the country’s annual public holidays. On Tuesday 11 April, a government spokesperson confirmed that Coronation Day was being scrapped and a new one making the ascension to the Thai throne of the nation’s new king, Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, would be set in the future.  

Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on the 13 October 2016, was crowned king on the 5 May 1950. One of two new holidays announced on Tuesday will mark the king’s passing. The 13 October will be Bhumibol Day and celebrate the king’s long reign. The other holiday on the 28 July will honour King Vajiralongkorn’s birthday.

Announcing the revamped holiday calendar, spokesperson Taksada Sangkachantr confirmed that there were no plans in the pipeline to take King Bhumibol’s birthday on the 5 December off the list. Thailand has 25 public holidays every year. Despite the fact Coronation Day is no longer a holiday, May still has three more public holidays.

Thailand, along with many other nations around the world celebrates Labour Day on the 1 May. Visakha Bucha Day follows on the 10 May and only two days later, the 12 May, Royal Ploughing Day is another holiday. Although each day is marked with specific rites and ceremonies, the main difference for tourists is that government offices and banks are shut. If holidays fall on weekends, the substitute day is the Monday afterwards.