The 5th of December every year marks the celebration of the former King’s Birthday, as this is the day that His Majesty King Bhumbibol Adulyadej, was born.
The monarchy in Thailand is esteemed as a solid institution that has played a key role in unifying Thais from all walks of life, part of the reason why the locals look for befitting ways to honour and appreciate monarchs.
His Majesty the King’s Birthday 2017 Dates – Public Holiday Thailand
More importantly, the monarchy system has been blended into the constitution, thus preserving the dignity of the Thai King while allowing the natives to exercise their democratic right.
As a unifying symbol of the Thai people, it is little wonder that on the eve of His Majesty the King’s Birthday, thousands upon thousands of Thais gather in Hua Hin to wish the former King a happy birthday.
The festivities are marked by light decorations in Thai homes, government institutions and private companies across the country. In the spirit of these celebrations, it is common to come across individuals feeding monks as a gesture of appreciation.
To allow for these celebrations, the Royal Palace remains closed on both 5th and 6th, while the Royal Chapel will remain closed on 5th only. The Emerald Buddha Temple on the other hand, will remain open on both days, so travellers planning to tour the exquisite temple can do so even on the King’s birthday.
The celebrations are a remarkable way to indulge in Thailand’s rich cultural heritage.