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One of the important public holidays in the Thai calendar is Chakri Day which occurs on the 6th of April each year. It is the day elected to celebrate the current ruling monarchy the Chakri dynasty.
Founded in 1782 the Chakri dynasty started when King Rama I came to the throne succeeding King Taksin. King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) had the official title of Chaophraya Chakri due to his impressive strength and prowess in battle.
There are many landmarks in Bangkok reflecting King Rama I and one of the most obvious is the river running through the capital, the Chaophraya river.
It was King Rama I who moved the Thai capital from Thonburi to Bangkok where it remains today.
The current monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the tenth Rama and follows in the footsteps of his late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was one of the most loved and revered of all Thailand’s kings.
The Chakri dynasty began with Rama I who was King Phutthayotfa Chulalok who was instrumental at bringing Buddhism to the Kingdom. He was followed by King Phutthaloetla Naphalai, Rama II and then Rama III, King Nangklao.
King Monkut, Rama IV was succeeded by one of the most revered kings in the Chakra dynasty Rama V, King Chulalongkorn. He reigned for forty two years and in that time took Thailand from an agricultural backwater through reform to adopt many Western ideas and philosophies.
Rama V was the first Thai King to extensively travel to the West and by doing so Thailand avoided being colonized. During his reign the railways system was built and communications were revolutionised.
After King Chulalongkorn came His Majesty King Vajiravudh and then Rama VII King Prajadhipok. Rama VIII was the grandson of the favourite Rama V and was succeeded by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX.
On Chakri Day the present royal family partake in a lavish ceremony that celebrates the past kings and honours the Thai dynasty of Chakri.
It is a national holiday were the people of Thailand also join in to pay respects to past kings, this year will be particularly significant as it will give an opportunity of the nation to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej after his recent passing.
Thai’s will adorn statues of Rama I with flowers all over the country but it is in Bangkok that the biggest celebrations will be held. At the Grand Palace the doors of the Pantheon will be open to the public (only once a year) where can be seen are eight life sized statues of the first eight Rama Kings.
Finally a wreath is placed on Bangkok’s Memorial Bridge to King Rama I by the current reigning monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Chakri Day is an important part of Thai culture, Thai’s have a long tradition of love towards the monarchy and have a special affinity to their Ramas.