His Majesty the King, born 5 December 1927, is the reigning King of Thailand. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest serving current head of state is now the longest reigning monarch in Thailand’s history.
In Thailand, the King’s Birthday is celebrated across the Kingdom, it is a joyous occasion where the Thai nationals and culture seeking tourists, turn out in force to show their felicitation to the King.
Annually, a series of ceremonies commemorate this magical occasion in the Kingdoms calendar stretching over 3 days from the 3-6 December.
- On the first day, 3 December, H.M. the King proceeds to review the trooping the colours and the taking of the oath, receiving pledges of loyalty and honesty by the royal guards.
- On 4 December, at Sala Dusitalai in the Dusit Royal Palace, the King grants an audience to groups of people representing a cross-section of the entire society, who come to offer their birthday wishes
- On 5 December, the King’s birthday anniversary, the most important royal ceremonies evolve. In the morning, the King proceeds to the Amarin Winichai Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to receive in audience the members of the Royal Family and subjects as well as government officials, while soldiers fire salutes in his honor. In the afternoon, the King graciously bestows titles to some high-ranking Buddhist monks before listening to the citing of Buddhist sermons. In addition, the King grants an audience to Chinese and Annamite monks at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, to receive their blessings and to present them with offerings, Thereafter, the King has money handed to all his old royal attendants. On this occasion, a greeting book is provided at the Grand Palace for well-wishers to convey their felicitation for the King.
Another Buddhist ceremony is held on 6 December at the Amarin Winichai Throne Hall, where the King offers alms to monks and listens to their citing of sermons. Then, he graciously advises his royal family members to release various kinds of aquatic animals into the Chao Phraya River at the Ratchaworadit Royal Pier.
Besides royal ceremonies as mentioned, several activities in support of public charities are held to celebrate this important event, both through private initiative and by government agencies.
The Prime Minister, Royal Thai Government, hosts a festive reception in celebration of the His Majesty the King’s Birthday Anniversary, known as Samosorn Sannibat, freely translated as the ‘propitious congregation’, at Government House, on 7 December. This event, Samosorn Sannibat, is graced by the presence of members of the Royal Family and attended by invited guests, including eminent personages of the Kingdom and foreign dignitaries.
In the year 1960, H. M. the King’s birthday anniversary was decreed an important day for the Thai nation by Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, the then prime minister of Thailand. Up to now, it is a Thai national day, a most important event in the life of the Thai People. For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices Get in contact with our team, and we would be happy to help