Thailand Holidays 2012

Here is a list of Thailand Public Holidays & Festivals of calendar year 2012. There are national holidays, as well as some of the most important festivals and celebrations in Thailand. Many of Thailand holidays are based on Thai lunar calendar, thus it will have different dates from previous years.

Songkran, Thailand New Year Festival

The dates for these 2012 Thai Holidays are estimates. We do not and cannot guarantee accuracy of this Thailand holidays 2012 calendar.

Thailand Holidays 2012 & Thailand Festivals 2012
List of Thailand 2012 holidays and festivals. Celebrate the festivals and events in Thailand as follows:

New Year’s Day
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year.
New Year 2012
Sunday, 1 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012(Substitute)

Chinese New Year
The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.
Chinese New Year 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012

Makha Bucha
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha?s first sermon in to his disciples.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Cremation of Princess Bejraratana
Princess Bejraratana Rajasuda Sirisobha Phannavadi was the only child of late King Vajiravudh, Rama VI. Princess Bejraratana passed away on 27 July 2011 at the age of 85.
Monday, 9 April 2012

Chakri Day
Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty by its first king, Rama I.
Chakri 2012
Friday, 6 April 2012

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, generally celebrated as a water festival. Be prepared to get wet all over as revelers abound, ready to soak you as a form of celebrating this season!
Songkran 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012(Substitute)

Thailand Labor Day
International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Coronation Day
Celebrates the day when the current king Rama IX was crowned in 1949.
Saturday, 5 May 2012

Royal Ploughing Ceremony
An ancient royal rite held in Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season
Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.
Vesak 2012
Monday, 4 June 2012

Asalha Puja Day
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.
Thursday, 2 August 2012

Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)
This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist lent period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth. (Not a public holiday)
Friday, 3 August 2012

H.M. The Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country’s Mothers’ Day as well.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Monday, 13 August 2012(Substitute)

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
Celebration of the death anniversary of Thailand?s one of the most revered kings, Rama V.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012

End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa)
This day marks the end of the Buddhist Lent period or the Rains Retreat.(Not a public holiday)
Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Thod Kathin
Presentation of Monk’s Robes after Rains Retreat.(Not a public holiday)
Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Loy Kratong
While it is not marked a national holiday, it is an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom. (Not a public holiday)
Loy Krathong 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

H.M. The King’s Birthday
His Majesty the King’s birthday is celebrated throughout the country and also
Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Thai Constitution Day
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.
Monday, 10 December 2012

New Years’ Eve
The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday.
Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy Thailand Holidays 2012 !