Thailand observes 1 January as New Year’s Day in accordance with the Gregorian Calendar. This is in addition to the traditional Buddhist new year celebration of Songkran in mid-April.
|2019||1 Jan||Tue||New Year's Day|
|30 Dec||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|31 Dec||Tue||New Year's Eve|
|2020||1 Jan||Wed||New Year's Day|
|31 Dec||Thu||New Year's Eve|
In Thailand, many who live in the cities or away from their birthplace will make the most of the end-of-year holiday to visit their home town and their parents and family still living there.
There are New Year’s events in the schools, corporate parties, musical concerts, fireworks displays, and “New Year countdown events” throughout Thailand. A particularly large gathering takes place in Bangkok by the Central World mall.
And even though this is not “Buddhist New Year”, many religious Thai will visit local temples to “make merit”, give money or gifts to the monks, hear religious addresses from monks, ceremonially release birds or fish, or go on New Year’s “meditation retreats”.