The King, accompanied by other members of the royal household, presides over the religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel.

He will pay respects to his predecessors at the Royal Pantheon, which contains life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri dynasty, and will lay a wreath at the statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge.

Government offices, schools, and banks close, but most other businesses open as usual on this day.

Chakai Day is observed on 6 April 2017 to commemorate the contributions of the Kings of Chakai Dynasty, who have been ruling Thailand since 1782. The day is a medium for the faithful people of Thailand to express their love and reverence to the mighty Kings. On this day, the people of Thailand perform meritorious acts for the great Kings of the ruling dynasty.

Officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’, Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke ( Rama I) in 1782.

One of King Rama’s first acts was to make Krung Thep (modern day Bangkok) the capital of Siam.

Chakri day commemorates the coronation of Rama I but it is also a day for the people of Thailand to recognise the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty.

The current and tenth King (Rama X) of the dynasty is King Vajiralongkorn, who succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in October 2016.