Coronation Day in Thailand Date in the current year: May 5, 2016

Coronation Day in Thailand Coronation Day is a public holiday in Thailand that commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) in 1950. It is celebrated annually on May 5.

Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth monarch of the Charki Dynasty that has been ruling the Kingdom of Thailand since 1782. He was born in 1927 to Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and his commoner wife Sangwan. He was the nephew of King Rama VII.

Rama VII had no children, so when he abdicated in 1935, Bhumibol's elder brother Ananda Mahidol ascended the throne at the age of nine as King Rama VIII. The country was in fact ruled by the regency council. In 1946, King Ananda was founded shot dead, and Bhumibol succeeded to the throne.

The coronation took place on May 5, 1950, at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. The anniversary of this event was declared a public holiday. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Thailand and the longest-serving current head of state, having served for 68 years (as of February 2015). He is greatly respected and revered by most citizens.

Coronation Day is a national holiday and a non-working day. It is traditionally celebrated with a large parade and fireworks in the national capital of Bangkok.

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