The "Chakri Memorial Day" is a National holiday in Thailand the most April 6th committed becomes. If April 6 falls on a weekend, then the following Monday is perceived as a substitute holiday. But what is the story behind this holiday?

The story behind the Chakri Memorial Day

Officially known as "King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Big Day" and "Chakri Dynasty Remembrance Day", this holiday commemorates the establishment of the Chakri dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in the year 1782.

One of King Rama I's first acts was Krung Thep (today Bangkok) Capital from the Kingdom of Siam.

The Chakri Day commemorates in the first place the Coronation of Rama I. But this holiday is also the day for the people of Thailand to pay respect and pay homage to the deeds of all the kings of the dynasty.

King RamaI statue

The current and tenth king, Rama X of the dynasty, is King Vajiralongkorn. He followed his father King Bhumibol Adulyadejwho died in October 2016 on the throne.

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Coronation of Rama X

On the death of Rama IX

The celebrations of Chakri Memorial Day

The king, accompanied by other members of the royal household, presides over the religious ceremonies in the royal chapel.

It will be its predecessor in Royal Pantheon, which includes life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri Dynasty, paying respects and a wreath on the statue of King Rama I, which is located at the memorial bridge.

Emnmerald Buddha temple

Generally, the Chakri Memorial Day celebrations are reserved, especially when compared to the following Songkran festival. Although this is not a direct Buddhist holiday, ceremonies take place in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) held in Bangkok and other temples across the country. Many Thais celebrate the dynasty by draping flowers around Rama I statues.

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Songkran on Koh Phangan

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Because this holiday always a few days before the three-day Songkran Festival it is also an opportunity for many people to travel to the respective event locations in preparation for the Songkran celebrations. So you have to expect increased travel volume, so we recommend the Tickets for trips around the "Chakri Memorial Day" and the Songkran celebrations before booking.

Government offices, schools, and banks close, but most other stores open as usual on that day. Of course, Royal Thai Police Offices, tourist police stations and hospitals are also in operation. In addition, shopping centers remain open Selling alcohol is not prohibited on this day.