Constitution Day in Thailand
Constitution Day in Thailand is observed annually on the 10th of December—unless the 10th falls on a weekend. In that case, the holiday is observed the following Monday. The purpose of this holiday is to commemorate the day in 1932 when Thailand adopted its constitution and became a constitutional monarchy.
Since this day is celebrated as a public holiday in Thailand, many people will have a day off from work and enjoy a long weekend. It’s also a day on which many schools, government offices, and banks are closed.
The History Of Constitution Day In Thailand
During the Great Depression, Siam (the name that Thailand was known as at the time) was suffering economically. Rama VII, the King of Siam at the time, was seen by some people as being too inexperienced to deal with the issues plaguing his country.
The result of this unease among the general public was the coming together of senior military personnel and intellectuals to form a party of the people. This party would then present King Rama VII with an option—stay in power and retain limited power, or give up the throne. This would make Siam a constitutional monarchy.
Facts About Vietnam
Below are some of the interesting facts about Vietnam that we uncovered during our research for Constitution Day. Let’s go over them before we observe this holiday.
- The tallest mountain in Vietnam is Fansipan. It sits at approximately 3,143 meters.
- Cashews are a $2 billion industry a year for Vietnam.
- Over a third of the black pepper in the world comes from Vietnam.
- This country has over 3,444 kilometers of coastline—the 33rd longest in the world.
Observing Constitution Day In Thailand
This holiday is celebrated with a variety of different functions. On this day, parades are very common as are firework displays. People also display images of the current king of Thailand, as well as kings of the past, too.