6 of April – Chakri Memorial Day
Chakri Memorial Day is officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day’. Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782. He declared Krung Thep (modern-day Bangkok) the capital of Siam (Thailand). Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the coronation of Rama I but it is also a day for the people of Thailand to recognise the contributions of all kings in the dynasty. The current and tenth King (Rama X) is King Vajiralongkorn, who succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in October 2016. The King, accompanied by other members of the royal household, presides over the religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel. He will pay respects to his predecessors at the Royal Pantheon, which contains life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri dynasty, and will lay a wreath at the statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge.
Government offices, schools and banks are closed, but all Royal Thai Police, Tourist Police stations, hospitals and shopping centres will remain open. Alcohol sales is permitted by law on this day.