One of the key national holidays in Thailand, Chakri Memorial Holiday, is held on the 6th of April annually in commemoration of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty.
The day’s history can be traced back to the late 18th century, before the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
Chakri Memorial Day, 2024 Public Holiday Dates, Koh Samui, Thailand
Having worked in the military before, Rama I anticipated more attacks and therefore chose to make Bangkok the capital of the kingdom, eventually leading to the freeing of his people from Burmese rule. Rama I also constructed a magnificent palace which is today a grand structure that houses the Emerald Buddha.
To mark Chakri Memorial Day, religious celebrations are held at the royal chapel where the King, alongside members of the royal family, pay tributes to those who have gone before them. The procession heads to the Memorial Bridge where flowers are placed at the statue of King Rama I.
Community members participate in the traditional celebrations by offering flowers and gifts to the numerous life-size statues in the House of Chakri.
Visitors to Thailand during this period can also be part of the traditional celebrations. In addition, government institutions and facilities remain open on this day.