The royal Thai anthem, acclaiming the Chakravatin ideal King Bhumibol Adulyadej embodies, is played during state occasions and public meetings.  Unlike other anthems whose lyrics are often archaic or obsolete, the sentiments expressed in the royal Thai anthem precisely mirror the feelings of the Thai people towards their King. An English translation is as follows:

    We, Your Majesty’s loyal subjects,
    Pay homage with deep heartfelt veneration,
    To the supreme Protector of the Realm,
    The mightiest of monarchs complete with transcendent virtues,
    Under whose benevolent rule, we your subjects,
    Receive protection and happiness,
    prosperity and peace;
    And we wish that whatsoever Your Majesty may desire,
    The same may be fulfilled.


December 5, the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is generally regarded as National Day. This day is a public holiday.


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