December 5 is considered as a special day in the Kingdom of Thailand as it was declared by the Royal Thai Government as the National Day of the country. This also commemorates the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and Thailand’s Father’s Day. Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand's history. Despite being a constitutional monarch, and not legally being allowed a role in politics, King Bhumibol also made several decisive interventions in the Thai political sphere and has been credited with helping facilitate Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s.

The current king is King Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X, who ascended the throne after his father’s death. In 2016, he maintained to celebrate the national day of the country at the similar date of his father’s birthday.


Those who have visited Thailand might have noticed that Thais oftentimes wear similar colors to one another; this is no fashion mishap. Depending on the day of the week, many Thai people will wear a particular color in hopes of having good luck in accordance with Thai astrology. On Monday, Thai people wear yellow. This is also King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s color because he was born on a Monday. It is for this reason that the color yellow overtakes the streets of Thailand on Father’s Day, specifically the Grand Palace, where people will decorate the grounds with marigolds in his name. (Iverson, 2017).

The holiday itself is a colorful affair. Buildings across Thailand will display flags, buntings, and portraits of the late King, while around the Grand Palace area of Bangkok, the streets are decorated with thousands of marigolds. In the evening, the streets around Ratchadamnoen and Sanam Luang are closed to traffic and many people come to watch celebratory fireworks displays (Officeholidays, 2018).


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