About National Unity Day
The Thai government has declared December 4th every year as a "National Unity Day."
The designation was based on the late King Bhumibol’s pre-birthday speech on December 4th 1991, in which he called upon Thai people to value knowledge, love and unity.
King Bhumibol, also known as Rama IX, often stressed on the concept of unity in his public speeches, many of them unscripted. Quotes from these speeches are routinely adopted as slogans by the successive governments.
In announcing the holiday, the government said it wanted to remind Thais of the importance to have unity the day before King Bhumibol’s birthday, which is still celebrated as a public holiday on December 5th despite his death in October 2016.
The National Unity Day will not be a public holiday.