May 4 declared Thailand’s new Coronation Day, made public holiday

Photo: Honey Kochphon Onshawee
Photo: Honey Kochphon Onshawee

Thailand’s calendar is up to a full roster of 19 public holidays after the cabinet yesterday approved the re-establishment of Coronation Day on May 4.

A day already celebrated in recent years by Star Wars geeks the world over, May 4 will henceforth be an annual public holiday beginning next year.

Coronation Day had been celebrated every May 5 to mark the crowning of the late King Bhumibol in 1950 but was suspended in 2017 following his death. This year, the final day of King Vajiralongkorn’s ceremony – May 6 – was recognized as a holiday.

It’s the second date to receive the holiday treatment this month following last week’s decision to make the newly promoted Queen Suthida’s June 3 birthday a national holiday.


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