The 5th of December every year marks the celebration of the late 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.
H.M The King’s Birthday 2017 Dates Public Holiday, Chiang Mai Thailand
As a unifying symbol of the Thai people, it is little wonder that on the eve of H.M The King’s Birthday, thousands upon thousands of Thais gather in various temples around Chiang Mai 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.
The celebrations are a remarkable way to indulge in Thailand’s rich cultural heritage. Often, there will be a ceremony early in the morning followed by a parade near Tha Phae Gate. There is also often fireworks after dark.
Visitors should note that they may not be able to purchase alcohol on this date and anyone drinking alcohol in the streets can get in trouble by police. It is best to enjoy a drink in your hotel room on this day.