Chakri Memorial Day in Thailand Date in the current year: April 6, 2016

Chakri Memorial Day in Thailand April 6 is a public holiday in Thailand known as Chakri Memorial Day or simply Chakri Day. It commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty that has been ruling the Kingdom of Thailand since 1782.

The Chakri Dynasty is the current ruling royal house of Thailand. The House of Chakri was founded by Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke also known as King Rama I. He was a prominent military leader.

In 1782, he defeated a rebellion which had ousted his long-time friend King Taksin. On April 6, 1782, he took control of Siam and crowned himself as the monarch, establishing the Chakri Dynasty. He also founded the new capital of the reunited kingdom which is now known as Bangkok.

King Rama I's policies laid the foundation for modern Thailand. He is one of the most significant figures in the Thai history, therefore the anniversary of his ascension was declared a public holiday. The official name of the holiday is King Buddha Yodfa Chulaoke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day.

On this day, the national flag is displayed on buildings. Traditional ceremonies are held on the occasion, attended by government officials and members of the community. People lay flowers at garlands at numerous statues of kings of the Chakri Dynasty throughout the country.

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