National Artist Day in Thailand Date in the current year: February 24, 2016

National Artist Day in Thailand February 24 is annual celebration of National Artist Day in Thailand. Notable Thai artists in arts, literature, applied arts, performing arts, international dance, shadow play, puppetry, music, drama and film are recognized on this day.

The annual honoring ceremony was introduced in 1985 by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand. The date of the ceremony became the birth anniversary of Buddha Loetla Nabhala, King Rama II, who was an artist. His reign is known as the most peaceful time in Thailand and the “Golden Age of Rattanokosin Literature”. Among highly recognized artists of Thailand is King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was an inventor, musician, painter and photographer. He was named “Supreme Artist” in 1986.

Artist, who are honored on National Artist Day, receive a special prize, monthly salary of 12,000 baht (Thai currency) and health benefits. 15,000 baht are foreseen for funeral expenses and 120,000 baht are given for a memorial biography of the artist.

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