28th July, a National Holiday for Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn Birthday


The History of King Vajiralongkorn Birthday


Known as Rama X, King Vajiralongkorn has reigned Thailand since 13 October 2016, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol. His father ruled Thailand for over 70 years and as a mark of respect he allowed the country to mourn the passing of the beloved king. He did not accept the throne until 1 December 2016.

King Vajiralongkorn was born on 28 July 1952. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. He was 64 when he became a king, making him the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne.

Previously this holiday was celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 5th December.

From 2017 the King’s Birthday has change to the 28th July, but the 5th of December remains a public holiday in Thailand to mark the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Continue to the next page to know what Thai people do to celebrate?