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This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on December 5th. If December 5th falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The day commemorates the birthday of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is celebrated in Thailand.

Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since June 9th 1946 until his death on October 13th 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand’s history.

Most government offices are closed on this holiday and banks are closed except branches in shopping centers. There is no ban on the sale of alcohol on this holiday.