The month of December is a significant time for Thai people, as festivities and other activities are held throughout the Kingdom in celebration of the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great (Rama IX), 5 December, which is also observed as Thailand’s National Day and National Father’s Day.


The Government has invited members of the public and private sectors, as well as the general public, to join various activities in remembrance of the late King, who was respected internationally for his tireless devotion to bettering the lives of his people.


On 5 December 2020 at 07.30 hr, there will be an alms-giving ceremony for Buddhist monks and novices at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok, followed by a tribute-paying ceremony at 08.30 hr. A candle-lit function in remembrance of the late King will be held nationwide at 19.19 hr on the same day. In Bangkok, it will take place at Sanam Luang. This ceremony will also be held in foreign countries.


In observance of National Father’s Day, many activities are being held from 1 to 6 December, between 10.00 and 21.00 hr, along Sanam Chai Road, as well as Saranrom Palace and Museum Siam areas in Bangkok. Among these activities are cultural performances, exhibitions, a food fair, and a bazaar of OTOP products.


Children and youth will be provided with spaces to show their abilities and skills at Museum Siam during the six-day period, from 10.00 to 20.00 hr. A brass band parade by children and youth will begin at 16.00 hr on 1-4 December and 6 December along Sanam Chai Road.


Other activities are silk fairs to be held on 6 December at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall and at the Icon Siam Shopping Mall from 23 to 27 December.


Members of the public have also been urged to join public services under volunteer programs, organized by public and private organizations throughout the month of December, such as a clean-up campaign for community environmental development and the provision of free lunches for disadvantaged people.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department