OFFICIAL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The days off!
A lot of feasts and celebrations are determined according to the lunar calendar,
consequently dates vary from year to year.
The main celebrations and public holiday
P.S. We are anxious to clarify that these informations are given as a rough guide and that kohsamui.com is not, in any case, responsible for
changes or "differences".
- 31st December and 1st of January, New Year's Day
- Mid-january, Children's Day, the second Saturday of this month is dedicated to the children
- 16th January, Teachers' Day, all the schools are closed
- Beginning of February, Chinese New Year, 4 days holiday (Bangkok)
- End of February, "Magha Puja" buddhist feast, everybody to the temple
- 6th April, Chakri's Day, King Rama I commemoration, who was the first of Chakri kings dynasty
- 13th-15th April, "Songkhran", Buddhistic New Year, according to lunar calendar, everybody sprinkles water on eachother !
It is the most delirious feast
- 1st May, Labour Day, day off for administrations and some companies
- 5th May, Coronation Day and official anniversary of the current sovereign, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
- May, "Visakha Puja", anniversary of the birth of Lord Buddha, very nice feast
- July, "Asalha Puja", beginning of the Buddhistic Lent, the youngsters get ready to start their "Buddhistic retreat" lasting about 3 months
- 12th August, Queen Sirikit's Birthday, all is closed
- October, "Khao Phansaa", it is the end of the Lent and the beginning of "kathins" season, the Buddhist monks are offered their new "dresses"
- 23rd October, "Chulalongkorn", anniversary of the death of King Rama V, of the same name
- November, "Loi Krathong", the night of the full moon, the people deposit on the sea or the rivers the famous "Krathongs", made of banana tree leafs
and containing a candle, three incense sticks, flowers and a few coins, to honor the spirits of the water, very beautiful
and romantic celebration
- 5th December, King's Birthday, photos of the King and the royal family everywhere
- 10th December, Constitution Day, national holiday to commemorate the introduction of constitutional monarchy in 1932